Juris Doctorate

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Program Description

Juris Doctorate

General JD Program Requirements:

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is conferred upon candidates who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • earned credit for at least 90 semester hours of law study
  • obtained an overall GPA of 2.25 or better
  • earned a minimum of three clinical/externship credit hours



JD Certificate Programs

While our core courses provide foundational knowledge of the law, JD candidates are encouraged to specialize their elective coursework to earn a certificate in one of the following areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Elder Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Sustainability
  • Trial Advocacy


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


Academic Areas

In addition to JD certificates, John Marshall offers a number of elective courses in the following substantive areas of law:

  • Business Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Estate Planning
  • Information Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Public Interest Law
  • Real Estate Law


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 clinical 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.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IllinoisThe John Marshall Law School is a law school in Chicago, Illinois, that was founded in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 1951. The s ... Read More

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IllinoisThe John Marshall Law School is a law school in Chicago, Illinois, that was founded in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 1951. The school was named for the influential nineteenth century U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.The John Marshall Law School offers JD, MS and LLM programs for both part-time and full-time students, with both day and night classes available, and offers January enrollment — choices most law schools no longer offer. Read less