JD Graduation Requirements & Audit

Kendra Millay (k.millay@northeastern.edu) in ASA can serve as an advising resource to students who have questions about graduation requirements and their progress to fulfilling these graduation requirements.


JD Graduation Requirements

Class of 2020 & 2021

*Please note: You may not use the same course to satisfy both the Experiential Education Requirement and the Upper-Level Writing Requirement. Meaning, you may not use a paper written in a course for your Experiential Education Requirement to also satisfy your Upper-Level Writing Requirement.


Reminders:

  • Except when approved by the Dean, students may not earn more than a total of six (6) credits of independent study toward the J.D. degree, and may not earn more than three (3) credits of independent study in any one (1) quarter
  • Students who do not transfer credits from non-ABA programs may earn up to twelve (12) credits that do not qualify for in-class instructional minutes for ABA purposes. (e.g., Independent Study, Moot Court and Legal Competitions, ALE, etc.)
    • Students who transfer credits from non-ABA programs may earn up to nine (9) credits that do not qualify for in-class instructional minutes for ABA purposes.

Class of 2022

*Please note: You may not use the same course to satisfy both the Experiential Education Requirement and the Upper-Level Writing Requirement. Meaning, you may not use a paper written in a course for your Experiential Education Requirement to also satisfy your Upper-Level Writing Requirement.


Reminders:

  • Except when approved by the Dean, students may not earn more than a total of six (6) credits of independent study toward the J.D. degree, and may not earn more than three (3) credits of independent study in any one (1) quarter
  • Students who do not transfer credits from non-ABA programs may earn up to twelve (12) credits that do not qualify for in-class instructional minutes for ABA purposes. (e.g., Independent Study, Moot Court and Legal Competitions, ALE, etc.)
    • Students who transfer credits from non-ABA programs may earn up to nine (9) credits that do not qualify for in-class instructional minutes for ABA purposes.

Class of 2023 & Beyond

*Please note: You may not use the same course to satisfy both the Experiential Education Requirement and the Upper-Level Writing Requirement. Meaning, you may not use a paper written in a course for your Experiential Education Requirement to also satisfy your Upper-Level Writing Requirement.


Class of 2023 students should refer to the Student Handbook titled, “Student Handbook 2020-2021: For Students Who Begin Their JD Program in Fall 2020” to review all academic requirements and rules that govern their time at NUSL. Notably, there are some important course credit requirements and limits that students need to be aware of as they select their upper-level coursework and develop academic plans.

Course Credit Requirements and Limits

Minimum Number of In-Class Credits

Students must earn a minimum of sixty-seven (67) credits in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction, including online J.D. coursework (“in-class credits”).  Students may seek a waiver to reduce this threshold to sixty-four (64) credits by contacting the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Online J.D. Coursework Limits

Students may earn no more than twelve (12) credits of online course credits toward the J.D. degree, and may not earn more than eight (8) credits in any one term.

Coursework on Co-Op

While employed on co-op, students may earn no more than three (3) credits through enrollment in asynchronous online courses or in Givelber courses.  Students may not enroll in asynchronous online courses during their first co-op term.

These limits do not apply to intensive courses for which scheduled classes do not overlap with the co-op employment period.  To illustrate, a student may enroll in a two-week course in May and then begin a co-op after Memorial Day.

Non-In-Class Credit Limits

Non-in-class work includes: independent study, moot court, law review, lawyering fellow positions, research/teaching assistant positions, public interest externships, Applied Learning Experience (JD/MPH) credits, and all non-law coursework.  Unless granted a waiver to reduce the threshold for in-class credits to sixty-four (64) credits, students may earn no more than sixteen (16) credits of non-in-class work toward the J.D. degree in accordance with the following credit limits:

  • Independent Study Credit: Students may earn up to six (6) credits of independent study toward the J.D. degree, and may not earn more than three (3) credits of independent study in any one (1) upper-level academic term.
  • Moot Court Credit: Students may earn up to six (6) credits of moot court toward the J.D. degree.
  • Research Assistant Credit: Students may earn up to two (2) credits toward the J.D. degree for work as a research assistant.
  • Teaching Assistant Credit: Students may earn up to two (2) credits toward the J.D. degree for work as a teaching assistant.
  • Public Interest Externship Credit: Students may earn up to six (6) credits of public interest externships toward the J.D. degree.
  • Non-Law School Course Credit: Students may earn up to twelve (12) credit hours toward the J.D. degree by successfully completing non-law school, graduate-level offerings in other branches of the University.