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LC Law Student Handbook: ACADEMICS

Curriculum and Curriculum Planning
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Curriculum & Curriculum Planning


Curriculum Planning

Curriculum Planning Information is primarily organized and published on the Registrar’s web pages. You can find resource guides by topic, lists of individuals on campus you can talk to about academic advising, and general information about planning your class time during law school.


What is the 3-year plan?

The 3-year plan is a planning document created and used by the faculty to forecast likely courses and professor assignments over a 3-year period. It is revised every Spring and a new version is published in conjunction with a new Course Catalog in late Spring. You may access the most recent version by Professor or by Course.


Course Catalogs

Course Catalogs are published for the current academic year as well as the forthcoming academic year when the new schedule is published in late Spring. Information is provided regarding courses offered, professors, days, times, credits, exam schedules, and course descriptions.


Academic Enhancement and Support

The Academic Enhancement Program employs holistic and data-driven techniques to help students from all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented ethnic, socioeconomic, or cultural groups, successfully enter the legal profession. AEP focuses on providing avenues for success in four areas:

  • Admission
  • Acclimation
  • Acquisition of skills
  • Acceptance to the Bar

The Academic Enhancement Program consists of a Summer Institute in August just prior to the start of school and of weekly Skills Building Sessions during the first year. For more information, contact the AEP Director J.B. Kim at or visit the AEP website.


Faculty Evaluations

Students are encouraged to provide candid evaluations of both courses and faculty. Evaluations are published via links on the Registrar’s Faculty Evaluations page.


Law Reviews

Lewis & Clark Law School students produce three law reviews.

Animal Law Review
Environmental Law Review
Lewis & Clark Law Review

On the Academics web pages under Law Reviews, you will find links to each publication, as well as descriptions and information on admission, responsibilities, performance standards, academic credit, and more.


Degrees & Certificates



The Law School offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.), an LLM in Animal Law, an LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law, and an MSL in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law.

It is also possible to earn a Joint Juris Doctor/LLM degree in the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program.



The Juris Doctor is a general law degree. In addition, students may choose to earn a certificate by specializing in a subtopic such as Animal Law, Business Law, Criminal Law, Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, or Tax Law.

The Registrar’s Certificate Programs web page provides descriptions of the certificates, applications, and paper requirement information, if relevant.


Graduation Requirements

The Registrar’s Graduation Requirements web pages provide detailed information on all academic requirements pertaining to graduating with a Juris Doctor degree. In general, a student must complete a minimum of 90 credits. Of the 90 credits, students must complete a minimum number of credits in courses that are designated by the faculty as Foundational (65 credits minimum), Highly Specialized (6 credits minimum), or Experiential (6 credits minimum).

In addition to the credits requirement, students must complete two Writing Requirements: the Writing Intensive Experience, and the Capstone.

Full details are on the Registrar’s Graduation Requirements web pages.



Information on the current Commencement ceremony is on the Registrar’s web site.

J.D. students may graduate in May or January.* LLM students may graduate in May, August, or January. The Registrar will prepare a list of students meeting graduation requirements approximately a week before the graduation date. The actual degree dates for May, August, and January will be set each year by the Registrar and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

All students who are eligible to graduate must complete a graduation application online via WebAdvisor and return the form to the Registrar by a date set by the Registrar each year, in the Fall semester of the academic year in which the student wishes to graduate. Each individual student is responsible for keeping track of whether she/he is on track in meeting the graduation requirements. A form is available online or a student may go into WebAdvisor at any time to audit his/her transcript before the final year. Each student is urged to monitor her/his own progress toward graduation. Graduation requirements can be found by clicking here.

J.D. students must complete all requirements for graduation by the end of the last day of exams in the Fall semester (for January graduates) or the Spring semester (for May graduates), unless the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or a supervising faculty member has approved a different deadline that allows the faculty member to submit a grade by the due date for graduating students. Final grades in the spring, for students graduating in May, are due approximately one week before commencement. Grades for all Degree Candidates in all classes are entered and final grade point averages are computed by the Tuesday before graduation.

At commencement, the May or January graduate(s) with the highest cumulative G.P.A., may be asked to present the “Reflections of the Graduates” speech.

If the student is the subject of a disciplinary hearing, or the grade point average is below the minimum required for graduation, at the time of the commencement, the Dean may determine that the student is not eligible to participate in the ceremony. The student will be notified as quickly as possible if he or she will not be allowed to participate.

All students who have completed the requirements for graduation the previous January, or who have completed those requirements by the final day of the Spring semester exam period, may participate in the commencement ceremony.

A J.D. student who plans to finish their degree before August 31 can petition the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Participation in the graduation ceremony by students who plan to finish their degree before August 31 is purely ceremonial and does not constitute a representation by the law school that they will successfully complete the requirements for graduation. 

L.L.M. students who, in the Dean’s estimation, are reasonably likely to have completed the requirements for graduation by August 1 may also participate in the commencement ceremony. Participation in the graduation ceremony by prospective August L.L.M. graduates is purely ceremonial and does not constitute a representation by the law school that they will successfully complete the requirements for graduation.

If a student has not fulfilled all graduation requirements by the final day of the exam period (unless a special arrangement has been made, as discussed above), then his/her degree date will be postponed to the next graduation date. When the degree requirements have been completed, certification of completion of program may be sent to state bars or other parties by the Registrar. The date of the degree however, will be that of the next graduation date.

A student who has completed all graduation requirements but who has not yet graduated may also request a certification of completion of program from the law school for his or her own use (for example, to provide to prospective employers).


Awards & Scholarships

LC Law students may be eligible for a variety of awards and/or scholarships. Please visit the Academics web pages under Awards & Scholarships for more information.


Tuition & Fees

Please visit the Student and Departmental Account Services web site for information about LC Law School Tuition and Fees.


External Links
Links to information external to this page
Curriculum Planning Information

3-year plan by Professor
3-year plan by Course

Course Catalogs

Academic Enhancement Program

Faculty Evaluations

Law Reviews

Certificate Programs

Graduation Requirements


Awards & Scholarships

Tuition & Fees

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