Executive J.D. Program Schedule & Curriculum

 Graduation Requirements for the Executive J.D. Program

Graduation requires 90 course credits, plus 30 hours of public service work. Please consult the Academic Rules in our Student Handbook for more detailed information on our graduation requirements.

Admission Details & Coursework Information

Students seeking admission to the Executive J.D. Program must apply before April 15. Applicants not accepted into the Executive J.D. Program who also expressed interest in the traditional three year program will be considered separately for that program.

  • September 1: Applications to all Gonzaga Law programs opens
  • March: Last administration of the LSAT test that will return scores in time for admission to the program.
  • April 15: Deadline for Executive J.D. Program applicants.
  • Late-May: Orientation and classes for Executive J.D. Program students begin.

Admission to the Executive J.D. Program

The Executive J.D. Program is designed for students who are self-motivated, diligent, and industrious. Applicants to the program should be able to demonstrate those traits. The application process requires the same information and uses the same online LSAC form as admission to our 3-year program.

To apply;

  • Check off the appropriate box on your application to indicate your interest in the Two-Year Executive J.D. Program.

Term 1, Year 1 Late May to Mid-August

Term 2, Year 1 Late August to Mid-December

Term 3, Year 1 Mid-January to Early May

Term 4, Year 2 Late May to Mid-August

Term 5, Year 2 Late August to Mid-December

Term 6, Year 2 Mid-January to Early May

Graduation for Law School students is generally held in early May.

As in most states, the Washington State bar examination is administered in July of each year. The examination is also offered in February.


As a student in the Executive JD Program, you will start classes in the summer. After the summer semester, you will be in classes with traditional three-year JD students.

Although there is some flexibility in the Executive JD Program, here is what your schedule may look like: 

A Gonzaga Law tradition, in Legal Research & Analysis and Legal Research and Writing, you will learn to communicate with lawyerly precision and clarity while simultaneously honing your analytical and research skills. You will stay in the same section of Legal Research and Legal Research & Writing in the two terms.

With the exception of your electives in the second summer term, you will be automatically registered for your courses by the Registrar’s Office, and notified by email when registration has been completed. Sections are assigned randomly.

First Term - Summer - 15 Credits

  • Legal Research & Analysis (Legal Research & Writing I) – 3 Credits
  • Legal Methods – 3 Credits
  • Leadership for Lawyers – 3 Credits
  • Financial Accounting for Lawyers – 3 Credits
  • Stats for Lawyers – 3 Credits

Second Term - Fall - 15 Credits

  • Civil Procedure – 4 Credits
  • Torts – 4 Credits
  • Criminal Law – 3 Credits
  • Legal Research & Writing II – 3 Credits
  • Professional Foundations I – 1 Credits

Third Term - Spring - 15 Credits

  • Contracts – 4 Credits
  • Property – 4 Credits
  • Constitutional Law I – 3 Credits
  • Professional Foundations II - 1 Credit
  • Foundations of Experiential Learning - 1 Credit
  • Legal Research & Writing III - 2 Credits

Fourth Term - Summer - 15 Credits

  • Startups – 2 Credits
  • Electives – 5 Credits 
  • Power & Influence in Leadership – 3 Credits
  • Professional Responsibility – 3 Credits
  • Finance – 2 Credits

Fifth Term - Fall - 15 Credits

  • Constitutional Law II or Evidence – 3 Credits
  • Secured Transactions – 3 Credits
  • Sales – 3 Credits
  • Social Media Discovery – 2 Credits
  • Agency – 2 Credits
  • Elective – 2 Credits

Sixth Term - Spring - 15 Credits

  • Corporations – 3 Credits
  • Business Planning – 3 Credits
  • Evidence or Constitutional Law II – 3 Credits
  • Electives – 6 Credits

Learn By Doing

You will be required to engage in experiential learning, serving real clients while working with practicing lawyers or judges.

You can complete this requirement in our legal clinic or in community placements through our externship program beginning in term five.

Students in the Executive J.D. Program must fulfill 8 credit hours of experiential learning to complete their degree.

You need to apply for an externship or clinic experience. Contact the externship or legal clinic for application information each term.