Academic Requirements

46 credits from…

Students will earn a minimum of 46 credits after completing the core-course, skills, and statutory-course requirements.

36 Required Course Credits

Ten required courses taken during the first & second years

5+ Statutory Course Credits

Take two of these statutory courses

5+ Skills Course Credits

All students take the three-credit Advocacy course that focuses on client representation, negotiation and advocacy skills. Students must also take at least one required skills course. Advocacy is a prerequisite or co-requisite for some skills courses.

Remaining credits

The remaining credits are earned through elective, clinic or independent study/clinic work.

Participation/Attendance Requirement

Perspectives on the Legal Profession (PLP)

Bar Courses

A list of subject areas and the Mitchell courses that address bar exam subjects (for your information only)

86 credits to earn a JD

Earning a juris doctor degree at William Mitchell requires students to successfully complete 86 credits. You will earn a minimum of 46 credits by meeting core-course, skills, and statutory-course requirements. The remaining credits are earned through electives, including clinics, independent study, or independent externship. There also are several work and residency standards that the American Bar Association requires law school students to follow throughout the course of their education.

Total Credits

Minimum: 86 Credits
Maximum: 89 Credits


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Work Requirement

ABA accreditation standard 304(c) provides that “A law school shall not award full-time residence credit to a student who … engages in employment for more than 20 hours per week, whether outside or inside law school.”

Work Certification Form PDF, 208 Kb