Academic & Course Advising

How many credits do I need to graduate?  What is an enrollment unit?  What courses are taught at the law school?

The answer to these and all other questions can be found in the law school Bulletin. The George Washington Law School Bulletin is the governing document of all policies and procedures at the law school. Updated yearly in August, you are expected to become familiar with this document. It is available both online and in hard copy form. Hard copies can be obtained at the Records Office and at our office


JD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 

To earn the JD, students must do the following:

  1. Earn 84 Credits - Of these credits, for non-transfer students, at least 67 must be graded credits (taken for a grade). Non-transfer students may count no more than17 Credit/No Credit towards the 84 credit requirement. Transfer students must earn at least 45 graded credits and can count no more than 8 Credit/No Credit towards the 84 credit requirement. 
  2. Complete 6.0 Enrollment Units- Students enrolled full-time for six semesters and evening students who earn 84 credits will automatically fulfill this requirement. Students who move between full-time and part-time status should ensure they earn 6.0 enrollment units.
  3. Fulfill three requirements beyond the first-year curriculum:
  • Legal Writing (journal participation or 8000 word (minimum) research paper evaluated as B- or better)
  • Professional Responsibility & Ethics (2 credit course for letter grade)
  • Experiential Learning Credits (6 total credits required; select from designated courses/experiences, must register for a letter grade unless otherwise specified)

Students can complete a Degree Requirement Checklist to help track progress towards graduation. 

Degree Requirement Checklist 

Transfer Degree Requirement Checklist

 


CREDIT / NO CREDIT OPTIONS 

The below courses may contribute to the CR/NC credits available to students:

  • Clinics (1-6 credits per semester, however, the majority of Clinics are graded)
  • Conversion of graded elective courses (6 credits maximum, C- or better grade required, only 1 per semester) 
    • This category is not available to transfer students
  • Dean’s Fellows or Writing Center Fellows (2 credits per semester)
  • Field Placement Program (1-4 credits per semester, 8 credits maximum, 2 credit graded co-requisite)
  • GW Graduate Courses (6 credits maximum, related to legal studies, and B- or better grade required)
  • Joint degree candidates (up to a maximum of 12 cross-over credits allowed toward 84 total credits)
  • Journal (4 credits, 4-semester commitment)
  • Advocacy Competitions: ADR, Moot Court, and/or Mock Trial (maximum of 3 during the course of study, only 1 per semester)
  • Summer law courses at other law schools (6 credits maximum, C- or better grade required
  • Other: Upper-Level Writing, Reading Groups, etc.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CREDITS  

All JD students must complete 6 experiential learning credits to graduate. Below are examples of courses/experiences that will count towards this requirement:

  • Eligible Courses: Courses designated with an “(E)” in the Law School Bulletin will qualify for experiential learning credit. Examples include Advanced Appellate Advocacy; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Client Interviewing and Counseling; Legal Drafting; Mediation; Negotiations; Trial Advocacy and Pre-trial Advocacy. This is not an exhaustive list of eligible courses, and not all sections of the above-listed courses will qualify. See the web portal or Law School Bulletin for more information.
  • Clinics: Clinics include Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Services; Domestic Violence Project; Environmental Law; Family Justice Litigation; Health Rights Law; Immigration; International Human Rights; Law Students in Court; Prisoner & Reentry; Public Justice Advocacy; Small Business and Community Economic Development; and Vaccine Injury Litigation.
  • Field Placement Program: An unpaid externship with a judicial, government, or non-profit organization for a maximum of 4 credits in any semester and a maximum of 8 credits towards graduation. A co-requisite course evaluated on the basis of a letter grade must also be completed to earn the externship credits.
  • Advocacy Competitions: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mock Trial; Moot Court Competition (*Note only external competitions count towards the experiential learning credit requirement).

 

COURSES THAT FULFILL THE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING REQUIREMENT

 

6230 Evidence (Pierce)

6230 Evidence (Saltzburg)

6246 Appellate Practice (Effron/Vuono)

6262 Corp. Law Sem: Corporate Transactions (L. Fairfax)

6296 Business Planning (Ting)

6346 Estate Planning (Nudelman)

6362 Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure (R. Fairfax, C. Lee)

6372 Drugs and the Law (Meyers)

6376 Prisoners Project (Turley)

6379 Crim. Law & Proc. Seminar: Investigations (R. Fairfax)

6395 Constitutional Law & the Supreme Ct (Colby/Turley)

6418 Legislative Analysis & Drafting (Craighill/Strokoff)

6428 Veterans Advocacy (Blauhut)

6441 Energy Law Sem: Public Participation in Fed. Agency

Rulemaking (Hammond)

6450 Fed Facilities Env Law Issues (Borro)

6458 Environmental Negotiations (Juni)

6461 Selected Topics in Environmental Law (Attanasio)

6469 Environmental Lawyering**

6478 Licensing IP Rights (Kacedon)

6505 Gov’t Contracts Advocacy (Grossman/Melander)

6512 Gov’t Procurement of Intellectual Property Sem. (Gray)

6513 Selected Topics in Gov’t Contracts (Vadiee, Matta)

6515 Government Contracts Moot Court (Somers/Thornton)

6533 International Family Law (Kucinski)

6556 International Arbitration (Greenblatt/Ryan)

 

6558 International Negotiations - All Sections 

6602 Law and Accounting (Gabaldon)

6621 Small Bus. & Community Econ. Dev’t Clinic (S. Jones)

6622 Public Justice Advocacy Clinic (Gutman)

6623 Prisoner & Reentry Clinic (J. Steinberg)

6624 Family Justice Litigation Clinic (Kohn)

6625 Crim. Appeals & Post-Conviction Srvcs Clinic (Olesen)

6626 Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic (Gentry, Shoemaker)

6630 Immigration Clinic (Benitez)

6631 Health Rights Law Clinic (S. Jackson)

6633 International Human Rights Clinic (Carrillo)

6634 Rising for Justice (D. Johnson, Kohn)

6639 Law Students in Court: Criminal Division (D. Johnson)

6640 Trial Advocacy - All Sections

6641 External Competition*

6643 Pre-Trial Advocacy (Robinson)

6646 Mediation - All Sections

6647 Alternative Dispute Resolution (Hoffman)

6648 Negotiations - All Sections

6650 Client Int & Counseling - All Sections

6652 Legal Drafting - All Sections

6653 Advanced Appellate Advocacy

6655 Advanced Legal Research (Rodriguez)

6668 Field Placement (Tillipman)**

6669 Judicial Lawyering**

6670 Public Interest Lawyering**

6671 Government Lawyering**

6672 The Art of Lawyering**

6674 Domestic Violence Project (Meier)

 

 

 

6677 Pre-Trial Practice in Civil Cases (Robinson)

6678 Ethics in Adjudication & Settlement (Borchini/Schaller)

6679 Advanced Evidence (Gilligan)

6680 The American Jury (Mott/Miller)

6681 Negotiations & Conflict Management (Horn)

6682 International Dispute Resolution (Bowen)

6683 The College of Trial Advocacy (Saltzburg)

6684 Pre-Trial Practice in Criminal Cases (Weinberg)

6810 Business Lawyering (Cunningham)**

6869 Selected Topics in National Security Law: Law of Secrecy (McClanahan)

6647 Alternative Dispute Resolution (Hoffman)

6648 Negotiations - All Sections

6650 Client Int & Counseling - All Sections

6652 Legal Drafting - All Sections

6653 Advanced Appellate Advocacy

6655 Advanced Legal Research (Rodriguez)

6668 Field Placement (Tillipman)**

6669 Judicial Lawyering**

6670 Public Interest Lawyering**

6671 Government Lawyering**

6672 The Art of Lawyering**

6674 Domestic Violence Project (Meier)

6677 Pre-Trial Practice in Civil Cases (Robinson)

6678 Ethics in Adjudication & Settlement (Borchini/Schaller)

6679 Advanced Evidence (Gilligan)

6680 The American Jury (Mott/Miller)

6681 Negotiations & Conflict Management (Horn)

6682 International Dispute Resolution (Bowen)

6683 The College of Trial Advocacy (Saltzburg)

6684 Pre-Trial Practice in Criminal Cases (Weinberg)

6810 Business Lawyering (Cunningham)**

6869 Selected Topics in National Security Law: Law of Secrecy (McClanahan)

 

* Advocacy Competitions- The below Advocacy Competitions will fulfill the Experiential Learning Credits: 6641 External Competition – ADR (in both Fall and Spring)

  • 6641 External Competition – Mock Trial (in both Fall and Spring) 
  • 6641 External Competition – Moot Court (in both Fall and Spring)
  • 6641 External Competition – Other (in both Fall and Spring)

The below Advocacy Competitions will not fulfill the Experiential Learning Credits: 

  • 6645 Mock Trial – Cohen & Cohen (Fall)
  • 6644 Moot Court – Van Vleck (Fall) 6644 Moot Court – Rothwell (Spring)
  • 6642 ADR Competition – Spanogle (Spring)

**Field Placement - Any credits taken in Law 6668 (Field Placement, Tillipman) will fulfill the Experiential Learning Credits. The below co-requisite courses will fulfill Experiential Learning Credits only when taken concurrently with Law 6668 (Field Placement).  In order for these courses to count toward the Experiential Learning Credit, the student must be enrolled in the Field Placement program and be seeking credit for their externship

  • 6469 Environmental Lawyering 
  • 6669 Craft of Judging
  • 6670 Public Interest Lawyering
  • 6671 Government Lawyering
  • 6672 Art of International Lawyering 
  • 6810 Business Lawyering (Cunningham)

Please note the following:

  • the above co-requisite courses will not fulfill the Experiential Learning Credits if the student is permitted to enroll in the course without enrolling in Law 6668 (Field Placement)
  • the Field Placement tutorial (1 credit) will not fulfill the Experiential Learning Credits
  • students enrolling in a tutorial instead of the co-requisite course will receive Experiential Learning Credits for the Field Placement, but not the tutorial
  • any co-requisite course used to satisfy the Legal Writing requirement may not also be used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Credit requirement