Degree programs and requirements

Degree requirements

To earn your Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, you must:

  • Complete 90 course credits
  • Successfully complete all curricular requirements
  • Satisfy all probationary requirements
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the university

Degree programs

UMass Law offers three programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree as well as joint degree programs.

Traditional full-time day program

The full-time program takes three years to complete.

Part-time day program 

  • Designed for students who cannot devote full time to the study of law but who would find the evening/weekend program inconvenient
  • Takes about four and a half years to complete

Evening/weekend program

This program offers you the opportunity to attend law school—even if you work full time or have family commitments.

  • Suited to the needs of those who want a legal education but cannot attend a traditional program
  • Offered in the evening, Monday through Thursday; and during the day, on Saturday
  • Takes about four and a half years to complete

Summer sessions: accelerate your studies

You may accelerate your course of studies by taking courses during the summer sessions. By taking advantage of these sessions every summer, full-time students can complete their studies in two and a half years, and part-time students in four years.

Joint degree programs

UMass Law and UMass Dartmouth offer the following joint degree programs:


The joint JD/MBA degree program offered by UMass Law and the Charlton College of Business that allows you to integrate advanced management study and a law school education by pursuing both degrees simultaneously. More information


The joint JD/MPP degree program is offered by UMass Law and the Department of Public Policy. More information

Three-plus-three programs

UMass Dartmouth has established a joint "three-plus-three" program that offers significant advantages to interested, qualifying students.

This program offers a fast track to a law degree in six rather than seven years. The program leads to the award of a bachelor’s degree by UMass Dartmouth and a Juris Doctor degree by UMass Law. More information

Similar programs have been established with UMass Lowell, UMass Boston, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Fitchburg State University.


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