Harvard Law School JD Degree Requirements

(1) Completion of the 1L curriculum 

(see HLS Handbook of Academic Policies Section I.B

  • Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, 1L International/Comparative Law course, Legislation and Regulation, Property, and Torts
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Problem Solving Workshop
  • Spring upper-level elective course of a minimum of two and a maximum of four law school classroom credits

(2) Upper-level Requirements 

(see HLS Handbook of Academic Policies Section I.C)

    Credit Totals

  • 52 total upper-level credits
  • 36 of which are law school classroom credits

    Minimum and Maximum Credits

  • Minimum of 10 total credits in each fall and spring term
  • Maximum of 16 total credits in each fall and spring term
  • Minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 credits in 2L and 3L winter terms
  • Minimum of 24 total credits per year in each of the 2L and 3L years
  • Maximum of 35 total credits per year in each of the 2L and 3L years

(3) Additional Requirements

Contact the Registrar's Office (registrar@law.harvard.edu) with questions.

Last modified: August 20, 2014

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