Executive J.D. Program Schedule & Curriculum

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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 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.

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

Admission to the Program

The Executive J.D. 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 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.


Coursework schedule is subject to change as new components and coursework opportunities are in development. 

First Year 

Terms 1 – 3

In our required litigation and transactional skills labs, you will draft complaints and contracts, engage in discovery, interview clients, and develop the skills that practicing lawyers need and which their employers value.

A Gonzaga Law tradition, in Legal Research and Writing I and II, 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 LRW in both the fall and spring terms.

First Term – Summer:

  • Constitutional Law I – 3 Credits
  • Contracts – 4 Credits
  • Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership – 3 Credits
  • Lawyers as Agents of Change – 3 Credits
  • Legal Analysis – 1 Credit

Second Term – Fall:

  • Civil Procedure – 4 Credits
  • Criminal Law – 3 Credits
  • Legal Research & Writing I – 2 Credits
  • Litigation skills and Professionalism Lab – 2 Credits
  • Torts – 4 Credits

Third Term – Spring:

  • Legal Research & Writing II – 2 Credits
  • Property – 4 Credits
  • Transactional Skills lab – 2 Credits
  • Electives – 6 – 8 Credits

With the exception of your electives in the spring 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.

Terms 4 – 6

After the first three terms, you will choose from a wide variety of classes that emphasize practical skills, theory or a combination of both.

You will be required to take the following courses over the next three terms:

  • Constitutional Law II – 3 Credits
  • Evidence – 3 Credits
  • Legal Research & Writing III – 2 Credits (only available in fall)
  • Legal Research & Writing IV – 2 Credits (only available in spring)
  • Professional Responsibility – 3 Credits
  • Experiential Learning – 8 Credits

Electives – 32 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 four.

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.