Requirements and Standards
The Application for Graduation must be fully completed and returned to the Registrar's Office (309) by the fourth week of the semester PRIOR to the semester in which you wish to graduate. Only students who have submitted an application for graduation will have an audit conducted and be assured notification about such things as, commencement, class composites, inclusion on the graduate roster, or receive priority enrollment. Refer to Graduate Information for details.
Students must have achieved each of the following standards:
- Eighty-eight (88) semester hours of credit;
- In accordance with ABA policy, the maximum time for completion of requirements for full-time students is a minimum of twenty-four (24) months and a maximum of eighty-four (84) months from initial day of enrollment;
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above;
- Sixty-five (65) credits in regularly scheduled classes;
- Compliance with mandatory course requirements.
- Compliance with the upper level writing requirement (ULWR); and
- Fulfillment of Professionl Skills Requirement in the case of students transferring from another law school, a minimum of forty- five (45) credit hours must be completed at MSU Law.
In order to be eligible for class honors upon graduation, a student must have received at least fifty-three (53) graded credits from classes taken at MSU College of Law, excluding those taken on a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit basis, and credits taken at other schools.
Honors for Graduation
Candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor whose cumulative grade point average is 3.25 or higher will graduate with honors, as follows:
Cum Laude: 3.25 to 3.49
Magna Cum Laude: 3.50 to 3.74
Summa Cum Laude: 3.75 to 4.00
For the purposes of calculating honors and class rank, students repeating a course will have the two grades earned in each course averaged.