The degree of juris doctor is the basic professional degree offered by the USD School of Law. The law school shapes its curriculum to meet the diverse career goals and intellectual interests of its students within the traditional educational preparation for the practice of law. Students who wish to emphasize or specialize in a particular area of law can choose electives from a broad range of courses. The law school also offers clinical and internship programs to give law students who have completed their first year an opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical experience.
Students who enter the full-time program must attempt and pay for six (6) full-time fall or spring semesters of at least 12 credits for graduation. Students who enter the part-time program must attempt and pay for eight (8) part-time regular semesters (8 to 11 credits) for graduation.