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    May 25, 2024  
2019-2020 Law School Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Law School Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Juris Doctor (Honors Lawyering Program), JD

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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.

First Semester Courses - 15 units

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 Spring Semester

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.

Additional Upper Division Required Courses - 5 units

Upper Division Writing Courses - At least 4 units

To satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement, all students entering in or after Fall 2019 must complete at least 4 units from a number of upper division courses which have been certified as meeting the requirement.

  • Students must complete at least 2 units of their upper division writing requirement from practice-based courses in the Upper Division Legal Writing Program (UDLWP) listed below.

Courses in the UDLWP are those where students engage in practice-based writing involving independent research and an oral presentation, culminating in work product totaling 20 pages (approximately 5,000 words) for which students are assessed through written feedback from a faculty member and where students engage in a rewrite of a draft implementing feedback from at least one conference with a faculty member.

  • Students may satisfy up to 2 units of their upper division writing requirement through scholarly writing courses listed below.

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.
  • 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.

Simulation Courses


Course information and schedule planners may be found on the Registrar’s Office website and in the Student Handbook available online. All students are encouraged to schedule academic advising appointments by visiting Law Student Support (suite 2333) or calling 415.442.6615.

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