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St. Thomas University School of Law Juris Doctor Requirements


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An attorney based in Miami, FL, Rami Shmuely earned his degree in law from the St. Thomas University School of Law. While studying for his juris doctor, Rami Shmuely was involved with many campus law organizations and was a Stephen R. Booher American Inns of Court member.

To earn a juris doctor at St. Thomas, a student must complete 90 credits of coursework, including many required courses. The first year of the program includes foundational courses on topics such as torts, legal research, constitutional law, and property law. The second year has only two required courses, appellate advocacy and advanced legal skills. There are also several required courses that can be taken at any time.

Students should also complete at least 50 hours of pro bono work in order to graduate. Up to 25 hours of this requirement can be completed in a community-based setting with no specific relationship to the field of law. The remainder, however, must be pro bono legal work under the supervision of legal professionals at a government agency, law firm, or legal service organization.