Academics and Clinicals
About the Academic Program
The UC Davis School of Law offers a comprehensive three-year curriculum for the JD degree in all major areas of the law. Specialized work is available in business law, criminal law, environmental and natural resources law, human rights and social justice law, intellectual property law, international law, and public interest law. In addition to the traditional Juris Doctor program, UC Davis also offers a combined degree program and an LL.M. and Summer International Commercial Law LL.M. program.
The Juris Doctor program is designed for full-time students. The School of Law does not offer part-time or evening programs. The law school admits students at the beginning of the fall semester only. To earn a JD degree, a student must complete six semesters of study in residence, earn 88 semester credits, pass all required courses, and earn a 2.0 grade point average or above.
The Law School offers academic credit for participation in a variety of programs, including clinicals, public service law, pro bono, moot court, trial advocacy, and academic journals. The school uses an A-F letter grading system with plus and minus grades; some classes are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Regular class attendance and preparation are expected.
ENJOY Small Classes
To maximize the learning experience, our first year students benefit from small classes. Students will typically have at least one course of no more than 30-35 students, and the largest substantive first year course typically has no more than 65-70.