Juris Doctor Degree Program and Honors Requirements

2-100 Requirements for the Juris Doctor Degree & Honors

2-101 Degree Requirements

To earn the Juris Doctor degree, a student must meet the following academic requirements within seven (7) calendar years of completion of the first semester in the law school:

  1. Successful completion of at least 88 semester hours of academic credit; 
  2. Successful completion of the required curriculum as described in Sections 2-302, 303, and 304 of the Student Affairs Guide; 
  3. Achievement of a cumulative weighted grade-point average of at least 75; 
  4. No outstanding failure (i.e., no failure in a course which has not been retaken and passed) in any required course, or in more than one elective course; 
  5. Except in special or unusual circumstances, residence at the School of Law for the last full year of study immediately preceding the granting of the degree; 
  6. Certification by the Faculty as having satisfied the academic requirements of the University and the School of Law; and 
  7. Satisfactory settlement of all financial and other obligations to Howard University and the School of Law.

2-102 Requirements for Graduating with Honors

Honors are awarded to graduates with the following grade point averages (as determined without rounding to the next highest integer):

Summa cum laude 96.00
Magna cum laude 92.00
Cum laude 89.00

2-103 Requirements for Participation in School of Law Graduation Ceremonies

No student shall participate in the graduation ceremonies of the School of Law without satisfying the degree requirements listed in Section 2-101. Graduation ceremonies include, but are not limited to, Baccalaureate and the Hooding and Degree Presentation ceremonies.

2-200 Student Responsibility and Non-Waiver of Academic Requirements

Each student is responsible for insuring (1) that he/she complies with all of the requirements for graduation and (2) that his/her record accurately reflects that compliance, notwithstanding any provision in these rules, policies, and regulations which may seem to indicate to the contrary; including, but not limited to provisions requiring faculty advisor or decanal approval of student programs. Approval of a student’s academic program by a faculty advisor or by the law school administration does not constitute a waiver of any of the requirements for graduation.

Qualifications beyond Completion of Law School to Practice Law in the United States

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.” http://www.ncbex.org/