This page is intended to help you make sure you are on track to meet the requirements to receive a J.D. degree. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied these requirements.
To receive a J.D. degree, you must satisfy the following requirements:
You must earn a minimum of sixty-three (63) credits of the 89 required credit hours in regular class sessions. The Law School Rules allow you to earn credit for a number of courses and activities that do not have a significant classroom component at Colorado Law, such as journals, competitions, and externships, as well as courses in other departments or at other schools. The Rules place the following caps on such credits:
Please keep these caps in mind as you continue to work towards your degree requirements, as credits earned in excess of any these caps will NOT count towards the 89 needed to graduate. For example, if you take 16 credits of courses listed under Rule 36B, only 14 will count towards graduation, and you will need to take an additional two credits in uncapped courses to graduate. See the Law School Rules for more information.
We also encourage you to periodically check MyCUInfo and your transcript to be sure your credits are accurate. If you have successfully petitioned to receive J.D. credit for a graduate course taken in another department, please make sure that your transcript reflects that course. If it does not, please let the Registrar’s Office know. If you are working toward a dual degree, take special care to work with your other department as well to ensure that you are on track to receive both degrees.
Finally, please note that ABA standards do not permit students to enroll in more than 18 credits at any time. Fallsession and wintersession courses do not count towards that semester's 18-credit cap IF the faculty member requires all coursework to be complete before the start of the fall or spring semester (as is the case, for example, if the course has a final at the end of the fallsession or wintersession period but not if the course requires a paper that is not due until sometime during the following semester).
Questions? Contact the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.