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What are the requirements to graduate with a JD from UCLA Law?

  • Units to Graduate:  87
  • Units in physical classrooms:  64
  • Required after 1L:  
    • Professional Responsibility Course (Law 312, other designated courses)
    • Substantial Analytic Writing (SAW) Project (professor must certify with form)
    • 6 units of “experiential coursework”
  • Minimum Units per semester:  12
  • Maximum Units per semester: 16  (17 with permission) (J-term can be added on) 
    • “Residency” Requirement:  Students must be in residence at UCLA Law for at least six full-time semesters unless a transfer student or on an approved visit.
  • Must graduate within five years of beginning legal study.