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Policies & Procedures: Graduation Requirements and Degrees

All students must apply for graduation in the Office of the Registrar, prior to the end of the fourth week of their next to last semester at MSU Law. Students must have achieved each of the following standards:

  1. 88 semester hours of credit.
  2. Earn at least 65 credit hours in attendance in regularly scheduled class sessions.  
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better.
  4. Compliance with mandatory course requirements.
  5. Compliance with the upper level writing requirement
  6. In the case of students transferring from another law school, a minimum of 45 credit hours must be completed at MSU Law. .
  7. In accordance with ABA policy, the maximum time for completion of requirements is 84 months (7 years) after a student has commenced law study at the law school or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit.

Honors and Final Class Rank (students entering in Fall 2005 or later)

In order to be eligible for class honors upon graduation, a student must have received at least 53 credits from classes taken at MSU College of Law, excluding those taken on a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit basis.  The calculation of final class rank upon graduation shall not include any students who have not received at least 70 credits from classes taken at MSU College of Law, excluding those taken on a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit basis.

Honors for Graduation

Candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor whose cumulative grade point average is 3.25 or higher and subject to the Honors and Final Class Rank policy, will graduate with honors, as follows:
3.25 to 3.49 will graduate Cum Laude
3.50 to 3.74 will graduate Magna Cum Laude
3.75 to 4.00 will graduate Summa Cum Laude
For the purpose of calculating honors and class rank, students retaking a course will have the two grades averaged together.


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