Juris Doctor Program

The J.D. program at SLU LAW offers extensive courses and personalized interaction with nationally recognized professors. Students are directly exposed to practicing attorneys and clients through professional skills courses, the Legal Clinics and externship programs. Guest speakers who have diverse legal backgrounds and career experience - ranging from federal and state judges to partners, associates and corporate executives - provide students with a real-world approach to learning. By the time students enter the work force, they will have experienced a variety of opportunities throughout their academic career.

During their first year, students are required to take a set of core courses that provide a comprehensive understanding of the law. After the foundational course requirements have been satisfied, students are able to select from more than 200 elective courses and seminars. For part-time students, core courses are completed during the first three to four semesters.

Small Sections - Personalized attention is important, and all first-year students enroll in at least one foundational course with a maximum class size of 25. Legal Research and Writing is also a required course that is taught in small sections. There are many benefits to the small-section experience including:

  • Personalized interactions with professors and individual feedback on assignments throughout the semester
  • Increased opportunity to clarify and explore difficult concepts
  • Increased interaction with peers

For more information view the curricular requirements.

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