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JD Degree Requirements

To receive the Juris Doctor from USC Gould, you must successfully complete the following:

  • first-year curriculum, including a choice of three electives in the spring semester
  • 88 total units, 65 of which must come from regularly scheduled classes (excluding clinics, practicums, externships, journals and independent research projects)
  • 35 upper-division graded units
  • six semesters of full-time attendance
  • upper-division writing requirement
  • practical skills course requirement