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J.D. Credit for Non-Law Courses

Effective Fall 2004, Law students not enrolled in an approved dual or combined degree program may apply a maximum of twelve credit hours of non-law courses taken at the University of Texas to the 86 credit hours required for a J.D. degree. Courses taken for credit towards the J.D. degree must be related to a course of study offered in the School of Law and must be either graduate level courses or undergraduate language courses. Law students taking graduate level courses will be permitted to apply the actual credits earned toward their J.D. degree, until they reach the twelve credit non-law course maximum. Law students taking undergraduate language courses will be permitted to apply one credit hour per two and a half credit hours earned toward their J.D. degree, until they reach the twelve credit non-law course maximum. Even though the grade will transfer only as credit/no credit, the graduate level course cannot be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

To be counted toward the 86 credit hours required for a J.D. degree, you must complete and submit the “Petition to Earn JD Credit for Non-Law Course”:

  1. Credits 1–6 of non-law graduate level coursework or undergraduate language course work must be approved by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs before the student registers for the course(s);
  2. Credits 7–12 of non-law graduate level coursework or undergraduate language course work must be approved by the Standards Oversight Subcommittee before the student registers for the course(s).

At the end of each semester, the Standards Oversight Subcommittee must circulate to the tenured and tenure-track faculty a list of all non-law credits approved under paragraph 1 above.