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Degree Requirements

Summary of Graduation Requirements

Graduation check-lists are available for second and third year students on the Law School Intranet site under the "Course Tools" tab. These lists are for informational purposes only; it is your responsibility to verify your graduation requirements with your advising transcript on SISWEB. If you need further verification, you can make an individual appointment with the Registrar to review your transcript.

For a description of the law school curriculum, including upper division courses arranged by specialty areas, see Curriculum.

To graduate, you must meet these requirements:

  • Earn 88 semester units -- this must be completed in no more than six semesters unless you are approved for an extended program by the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
  • Complete six semesters in residence. "In residence" means that you have earned at least 10 units during the semester. A "semester-away" clinical, or an approved semester-long visit at another ABA accredited law school, count as a semester in residence. (You may not take more than 17 units per semester).
  • Take Law 258 Professional Responsibility or 258A Legal Ethics in Corporate Practice.
  • Satisfy the skills requirement of regulation 1.4B
  • Satisfy the writing requirement  of regulation 1.4C.

    You must write an individually authored work of rigorous intellectual effort of at least 20 typewritten, double spaced pages, excluding footnotes. At least one draft of the paper is required to be exchanged between student and professor and feedback should be incorporated before the final submission of the paper. Each semester, a number of courses are offered which can satisfy the writing requirement.  This is generally noted in the course's description.

  • Adhere to the 16-credit limit on selected courses. Of the semester credits required for graduation, the total credits in courses numbered in the LAW 400's, plus any credits (in excess of two) earned in non-law UC courses may not exceed 16. (This rule also applies to joint degree students.) With the Assistant Dean's prior approval, you may earn an additional 4 credits under Regulation 1.4(B)(3) of the Faculty Regulations. 
    Click here for the form required to receive this approval. 
  • Adhere to the 14-credit limit on clinical externships. Of the semester credits required for graduation, a total of not more than 14 may be earned in the following clinical externships: Administration of Criminal Justice, Employment Relations, Environmental Law, Federal Taxation, Intellectual Property, Judicial, Legislative Process, and Public Interest Law, and the Washington, D.C. (UC-DC) Law Program.