Aug 13, 2022  
2022-2023 Law School Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Law School Student Handbook

Juris Doctor (Honors Lawyering Program), JD

Students must complete 88 units to graduate. In addition to the requirements listed here, students will complete approximately 23 units of electives. Electives include additional units from the lists below and other classes on a variety of subjects listed in the course schedules each term.

Required Courses - 45 units

The following 45 units are used to calculate a students’ required course GPAs for purposes of academic standing  and merit scholarship eligibility:

Additional Requirements & Elective Courses - 43 units

Complete a minimum of 43 units from LAW or LLM prefix/subject courses, including the units used to satisfy the California Bar Exam Subject, Experiential Learning, and Upper-Division Writing course requirements below. Note: Although students are required to complete the requirements listed below, these units are not included in calculating their required courses GPAs for Academic Standing  purposes.

Additional HLP Program Courses

HLP program students are required to complete the following courses during their first summer session in addition to two required courses (LAW 801A Constitutional Law I  and LAW 804 Evidence ), but they are not included in the calculation of their required courses GPAs. Only the 43 units of required courses that are applicable to all JD students are included in students’ required courses GPAs.

First Apprenticeship - Second Fall Semester

  • Complete a full-time apprenticeship. Full-time is defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week for at least 15 weeks. Students may not earn clinic units in-place of their first apprenticeship. See the HLP Apprenticeships  section of this handbook for more information.

Second Apprenticeship

  • Complete a full-time or part-time apprenticeship. Students are allowed to earn extra externship and/or clinic units. See the HLP Apprenticeships  section of this handbook for more information.

Upper Division Writing Courses - 2 units

Effective with the 2022-23 incoming class, to satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement, students must complete 2 units from a number of upper division courses which have been certified as meeting the requirement. Students admitted in prior years, see the Law School Handbook applicable to the start year of your program for courses that meet the UDW Requirement.

Courses that satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement will be identified in the course schedule for each academic period.

Upper Division Experiential Courses - At least 6 units

  • All students are required to complete at least 6 units of Upper Division Experiential Coursework. Students graduating in the full-time day program must complete at least 3 of these units through a clinic, externship or field placement (“Non-Simulation Courses”) listed below.
  • Effective with the Fall 2022 semester, at least 2 units must be completed from one of the following clinics: LAW 834C Environmental Law & Justice Clinic  , LAW 776C Veterans Legal Advocacy Clinic  , LAW 885B Women’s Employment Rights Clinic  
  • Students graduating in the part-time program may complete all 6 units of this requirement with Simulation Courses, but are strongly encouraged to complete at least 3 units through Non-Simulation Courses.

Course Schedule and Advising Appointments

Course schedule information may be found on the Law School’s Course Offerings web page. All students are encouraged to schedule academic advising appointments with Law Student Support by emailing or by calling 415-442-6615.