This policy was implemented in August 2017 and available to JD students in their third year graduating in 2018 or later. The Policy provides overall requirements, a list of courses that meet each concentration group, and guidance for students who pursue a concentration as part of the J.D. program at the Law School. Concentrations indicate focused coursework and experiential learning or independent research in a particular area of study beyond the required curriculum. Students who successfully complete the concentration will receive a notation on their Law School transcripts.
- Business Law
- Criminal Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
Each concentration requires successful completion of (1) two or more foundational courses, (2) three or more approved courses, and (3) an independent research paper or an experiential course. A student will be deemed to have satisfied the requirements for completion of the concentration only upon approval of the Concentration Completion Form for the Business, Criminal, or IP Concentration, or the International Concentration Form, by the Vice Dean. The Form, available only to students in their third year of study, includes drop-down lists of eligible coursework for each group and must be submitted by February 1 for May graduates, by May 1 for August graduates, and by September 1 for December graduates.
The requirements for particular concentrations, and a list of courses that meet each concentration group, are included in the Policy Appendices and may be revised from time to time, depending on course and instructor availability.