The Catholic University of America
Graduation Requirements

Juris Doctor (J.D) degree:

  • Earn at least 84 credits (87 credits for students beginning at CUA in the Fall 2017 semester or later).  
    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Successfully complete the following courses:
    • Civil Procedure
    • Constitutional Law I
    • Constitutional Law II
    • Contracts
    • Criminal Law
    • Lawyering Skills I
    • Lawyering Skills II
    • Property
    • Torts
    • Evidence
    • Criminal Procedure: The Investigative Process
    • Professional Responsibility
  • Satisfactorily complete the upper-division writing requirement:
    • One "Practice-Oriented" writing course and One "Academic/Scholarly" writing course, or two "Practice-Oriented writing courses.
      • Practice-Oriented writing courses include:
        • Appellate Advocacy
        • Legal Drafting
        • Applied Portfolio course
      • Academic/Scholarly writing courses include:
        • Law Journal Writing
        • Directed Research (with Academic Legal Writing seminar)
        • Qualifying Course Paper (with Academic Legal Writing seminar)
        • Advanced Legal Research & Writing
  • For students who entered the Law School prior to the Fall 2016 semester, satisfactorily complete the Professional Skills Requirement and the Transition to Practice Requirement.
  • For students who entered the Law School in the Fall 2016 semester and subsequently, satisfactorily complete the Experiential Learning Requirement.
  • Satisfactorily complete at least six of the following "staple" courses:
    • Administrative Law
    • Agency or Agency & Partnership
    • Commercial Transactions
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Corporations
    • Family Law
    • Federal Income Taxation
    • Remedies
    • Sales and Leases
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Meet the minimum residency requirement.
    • Equivalent of 6 full-time semesters for full-time (day) students.
    • Equivalent of 8 part-time semesters for part-time (evening) students.
  • View 6 honor/ethics lectures.


LL.M (Domestic Program) degree:

  • Earn at least 24 credits hours while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.15.
  • Complete at least 16 credits hours in courses directly related to the concentration area.
  • Satisfactorily complete one course with a writing component as part of its coursework.
  • Prior to commencing study, complete a written academic plan under the supervision of the faculty adviser.


LL.M (International Program with Jagiellonian University) degree:

  • Earn at least 22 credit hours.
  • Complete at least 6 credits in three courses taken within the Interational Business and Trade Law Program offered by CUA in Cracow.
  • Complete at least 9 credits in the American Law Program at Jagiellonian University in Cracow.
  • Complete 6 or 7 credits during a two-month stay in Washington, D.C.


M.L.S. degree:

  • Earn at least 26 credit hours.
  • Satisfactorily complete Introduction to American Law and Legal Methods.
  • Satisfactorily complete a final project.