Juris Doctor

Because one size does not fit all, Boyd offers full-time and part-time Juris Doctor programs that meet the diverse needs of our students. The full-time day program is a three-year program; the part-time day and evening programs are four-year programs.

Boyd is at the forefront of innovation in legal education and Boyd graduates are well-prepared for the practice of law. The program integrates a strong instruction in skills and professionalism into its rigorous legal education program. The Juris Doctor program integrates traditional and experiential learning. Various parts of the program — the Lawyering Process courses in legal research, writing, and analysis; the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution; the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic; and our externship, simulation, service learning, and community service opportunities — help our students make the important transition between understanding pure legal theory and applying that theory to solve their clients' problems.

Boyd graduates understand legal practice as a unique combination of theory, analytical ability, common sense, judgment, creativity, and ethics. They understand the law, know how to apply it, and are prepared for the dynamic careers that await them.

Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete a program at BSL will be able to demonstrate:

Legal and Law-Related Knowledge
Knowledge of specific areas or aspects of substantive law, legal theory, or legal procedure
Example: Acquiring knowledge of domestic / comparative / international / transnational legal doctrine and processes, jurisprudence, knowledge of legal theory, and statutory / regulatory law and processes.
Analysis and Decision-Making
Understand and develop solutions to legal problems
Example: Analyzing, being creative or innovative, exercising practical judgment, problem solving, and reasoning.
Policy Evaluation
Draw connections between specific legal issues and policy contexts or values
Example: Understanding or evaluating specific situations in light of fundamental principles and values such as equality, fairness, liberty, justice, or analytical orientations such as economics, public safety, or public policy.
Professional Identity
Responsibilities of lawyers to their profession and society
Example: Demonstrating awareness of professional commitments to continued learning, community involvement and service, diligence, engagement, ethics, honesty, integrity, and dedication.
Writing
Written professional communication for a variety of professional purposes
Example: Creating written texts for different audiences and purposes, advocating, negotiating, analyzing, memorializing transactions, or disseminating knowledge.
Oral Communication
Using oral communication for a variety of professional purposes
Example: Advising, advocating, counseling clients, influencing, listening, presenting information, speaking for professional purposes.
Information Gathering and Processing
Obtaining and assessing information about facts, law, procedure, and people
Example: Fact finding, interviewing, researching, and sorting known information so as to identify what is important for particular purposes.
Interpersonal Perspectives
Emotionally intelligent engagement, team building, collaboration, cooperation, and leadership
Example: Seeing the world through the eyes of others, resolving conflicts, empathizing, evaluating, mentoring, organizing and managing others.
Client and Practice Management
Skills required to ethically and effectively manage ethical, professional and business aspects of the legal profession
Example: Building relationships with clients, members of the legal profession, and others, handling stress, identifying client or community needs, organizing one's own work, using technology and electronic media.

Career Possibilities

  • Judicial Clerk
  • Health Law Attorney
  • Arbitrator/Mediator
  • Intellectual Property Attorney
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Prosecutor
  • Public Defender
  • Legislator
  • Legal Aid Attorney
  • Law Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • FBI Agent
  • Solo Practitioner
  • Regulatory Attorney

Graduate Catalog

This is the official repository of graduate program requirements, graduate program handbooks, and Graduate College policies.

Representative Syllabi