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JD Degree Requirements - Juris Doctor (JD)

USC Gould School of Law

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

  • first-year curriculum

  • 88 total units, 64 of which must come from regularly scheduled classes (excluding, among other activities, practicums, externships, journals and independent research projects)

  • 37 upper-division graded units

  • six semesters of full-time attendance

  • Constitutional Law: Rights

  • Upper-division Race & Law Course (beginning with entering Class of 2021)

  • upper-division writing requirement

  • upper-division experiential learning requirement - requires taking six units in either a simulation course, a law clinic, or a field placement

  • remain in good standing with a 2.90 cumulative GPA

Each requirement is fully described in the Gould Student Handbook in the law portal: https://lawportal.usc.edu


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