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To qualify for the Degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.), students must:

After the first term, students must satisfactorily complete at least 67 units of credit. Students are free to select their own curriculum, but by graduation they must complete:

  • Criminal Law and Administration; 
  • a course of at least two units substantially devoted to issues of legal ethics or professional responsibility (courses that meet this requirement are marked with an asterisk in the list of course offerings);
  • beginning with students who matriculate after June 30, 2012, a course or program of at least 2 units involving the close supervision of professional skills. (Courses that meet this requirement are marked with a dagger in the list of course offerings.)
  • the writing requirements.

A maximum of 10 units may be approved for independent research and reading.

A maximum of 12 units of courses in other departments at Yale may be counted toward the 83 units required for the JD.

A student must enroll in no fewer than 12 units of credit in any term unless approval is given by the Dean of Student Affairs. Approval to take fewer than 12 units of credit will only be granted if a student can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances.

Yale Law School Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress

For more detailed information on academic requirements, please refer to the Yale University Bulletin