To receive a Juris Doctor degree at Seattle University School of Law, students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and must successfully complete at least 90 credit hours. All required courses must be successfully completed. Required courses are:
Civil Procedure (Fall: CIVL-100, 4 credits)
Contracts (Fall: CONT-100, 3 credits. Spring: CONT-105, 3 credits)
Criminal Law (Summer or Fall: CRIM-100, 4 credits)
Introduction to Practice (Spring: LPRC-100, 3 credits)
Legal Writing I: Research, Analysis, and Writing (Fall: WRIT-100, 2 credits. Spring: WRIT-105, 2 credits)
Property (Spring: PROP-100, 4 credits)
Torts (Fall: TORT-100, 2 credits. Spring: TORT-105, 3 credits)(Summer: TORT-100, 5 credits)
Constitutional Law (CNLW-200) 4 credits (Must be taken in the fall of the 2nd year)
Evidence (EVID-200) 4 credits
Legal Writing II: Written and Oral Advocacy (WRIT-200) 3 credits (Must be taken during the 2nd year)
Professional Responsibility (PROF-200) 3 credits
Professional Skills Course
Students are required to complete one professional skills course. There are several varieties of professional skills courses:
- In clinics, students represent clients under the supervision of Law School faculty.
- In externships, students work in actual law offices, under the supervision of licensed attorneys who commit to the Law School's learning goals.
- In simulation courses, students engage in structured role-plays designed to provide lawyering challenges that mirror the demands of practice.
- In practicum courses, students receive lawyering training through classes and simulations and then have the opportunity to apply their skills in real-life settings.
- In lab courses, students work on preparing documents in a specific practice area.
- In Street Law, students develop their communication skills and legal knowledge.
In lab courses, students work on preparing documents in specific practice area.
Drafting labs are offered in the following subjects:
Labor and Employment Law
Real Estate Law
Trusts and Estates
Intellectual Property Labs
Lawyering Simulation Courses
In simulation courses, students engage in structured role-play designed to provide lawyering challenges that mirror the demands of practice.
Appellate Litigation Seminar: Labor and Employment Law (EMPL-375) 2 credits
Comprehensive Pretrial Advocacy (ADVC-300) 4 credits
Comprehensive Trial Advocacy (ADVC-305) 4 credits
Criminal Motions Practice (CRIM-340) 3 credits
Essential Lawyering Skills: Persuasive Communication, Interviewing and Descriptions (ADVC-500) 1 credit
Forensics (ADVC-325) 3 credits
Patent Litigation Lab (INTP-306) 1 credit
Client Counseling and Dispute Resolution Courses
Business Dispute Resolution Simulation (BUSN-403) 3 credits
Client Counseling and Negotiation (ALDR-301) 3 credits
Estate Planning (ESTA-305) 3 credits
General Counsel: Lawyering within an Organization (LPRC-325) 2 credits
International Arbitration Practice (INTL-377) 2 credits
Labor and Employment Dispute Resolution (EMPL-335) 3 credits
Mediation, Mediation Advocacy and Collaborative Law (ALDR-302) 3 credits
After the first year, special provisions apply to students in the bottom quartile of their class as determined by class rank, and to students with GPA’s below a certain threshold which approximates that group. In general, those students must include in their schedules certain additional courses regarded as either foundational or otherwise directed towards the enhancement of legal analytical skills.
For information on applying for graduation and administrative tuition waivers, see the Office of the Registrar's Graduation page. For information on the Commencement ceremony, see Student Life's Graduation page.