JD Program

General JD Program Requirements

One of the things that makes John Marshall so special is the variety and number of courses we offer our students. Regardless of which of our 300+ courses interest you, you'll develop the strategic, analytical, and transactional skills that are so valuable to employers. We specialize in educating attorneys who can succeed from their first day on the job.

The JD program consists of a required core curriculum that all students must pass in order to graduate. These courses, listed on the proposed degree tracks below, provide students with a fundamental store of knowledge and skills related to substantive legal concepts and rules, including analysis of cases, statutes, and other sources of law; recognition of relevant facts from a mass of raw data; effective oral and written communication; advocacy; and organization and management of legal work and ideas. Remaining credit hours for the JD will be fulfilled by selecting electives from substantive areas of law, including business law, employee benfits, estate planning, information technology law, intellectual property law, international law, public interest law, real estate law, and more.

To successfully earn a juris doctor (JD) from John Marshall, degree candidates must:

Required JD Courses & JD Certificate Opportunities

Proposed Full-time Track
Estimated Completion: 6 Semesters
First Semester (15 Hours)
Contracts I3
Property4
Torts4
Lawyering Skills I3
Expert Learning1
Second Semester (15 Hours)
Contracts II3
Civil Procedure I3
Criminal Law3
Constitutional Law I3
Lawyering Skills II3
Third Semester (15 Hours)
Civil Procedure II3
Constitutional Law II3
* Evidence4
Lawyering Skills III2
Electives3
Fourth Semester (15 Hours)
* Professional Responsibility3
Electives12
Fifth Semester (15 Hours)
Lawyering Skills IV2
* Trial Advocacy3
Electives10
Sixth Semester (15 Hours)
Electives15
* These required courses may be taken at any time during a student's second or third year. Evidence is a prerequisite to Trial Advocacy. Trial Lawyer may be taken in lieu of these two courses.


Proposed Part-time Track
(Day or Evening Program)
Estimated Completion: 8 Semesters + 2 Summer Sessions
First Semester (11 Hours)
Contracts I3
Torts4
Lawyering Skills I3
Expert Learning1
Second Semester (10 Hours)
Contracts II3
Property4
Lawyering Skills II3
Third Semester (9 Hours)
Civil Procedure I3
Constitutional Law I3
Criminal Law3
Fourth Semester (11 Hours)
Civil Procedure II3
Constitutional Law II3
Lawyering Skills III2
Electives3
Fifth Semester (10 Hours)
* Evidence4
* Professional Responsibility3
Electives6
Sixth Semester (11 Hours)
Lawyering Skills IV2
* Trial Advocacy3
Electives6
Seventh Semester (11 Hours)
Electives11
Eighth Semester (11 Hours)
Electives11
Ninth Semester/Summer Sessions
An additional 6 semester hours is required for graduation.
* These required courses may be taken at any time during a student's second or third year. Evidence is a prerequisite to Trial Advocacy. Trial Lawyer may be taken in lieu of these two courses.



JD Certificate Programs

John Marshall's JD certificate programs offer JD candidates the opportunity to go beyond their foundational knowledge of law to develop further competitive distinction at the JD level. All certificates are designed to serve the candidate as a guide for selecting electives in specific areas of study, and to develop the courtroom-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants. JD candidates can earn a JD certificate in one of the following areas:

Each JD certificate program has specific requirements and elective courses a student may take in order to earn the certificate.

Externships

Earn course credit while you gain work experience. John Marshall's Externship Programs provides JD students with practical opportunities to distinguish their career candidacy.

JD Clinical Opportunities

The John Marshall Law School's JD program provides its students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the basic competencies expected of attorneys. In addition to the many courses that help meet this commitment, the John Marshall has a number of clinical legal opportunities for which credit may be received. Registration in a clinic placement is ordinarily limited to students who have earned at least 54 credit hours. A maximum of 10 clinic hours may be credited toward the JD credit requirements. Permission of the director is required for registration. Students must consult the director for specific requirements and rules applicable to the program.