Professional Development Program

All students entering in the Fall 2015 semester or thereafter are required to fulfill a Professional Development Requirement in order to graduate.  Students will satisfy the requirement by:

  • Registering with the Center for Career and Professional Development (“CCPD”) by December 1st [or June 1 for Spring Admits] of their first year at the Law School,
  • Attending at least one in-office meeting with a CCPD counselor before the beginning of their final year in law school, and
  • Earning six (6) professional development (“PD”) credits, in addition to their 88 academic credits, before graduating from law school.  

Information for Student Organizations Looking to Have a PD Event

In order to be considered for Professional Development (“PD”) credit, a student-organized event must:

  • Submit the online application form at least two weeks before the date of event.
  • Meet one of the following criteria regarding content:
    • relate to law practice in a particular substantive area of law AND provide significant opportunities to network with practicing attorneys or members of the judiciary in that area of law, OR
    • provide training in a particular skill (or skills) highly relevant to the practice of law, OR
    • include members of the bar as participants and provide continuing legal education (CLE) credits for student and/or attorney participants.
  • Assign and identify a student who will be responsible for making available to student attendees a sign-in sheet at the event and for providing that sheet to the Office of Career and Professional Development upon completion of the program.

PD Accredited Programs