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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements 

The following rules apply to this joint degree:

  • Students may substitute up to 16 CDM credit hours for up to 10 of the 86 required law semester hours, reducing their law course requirements to 76 semester hours. However, students cannot substitute CDM credit hours for required courses in the College of Law, such as Legal Profession or Advanced Writing Requirement courses.
  • Only CDM courses taken after enrollment in the College of Law may be substituted for law courses.
  • Students may substitute up to eight law semester hours for up to three CDM master's degree courses, reducing their CDM course requirements to 10 courses plus any necessary introductory courses.
  • Students must graduate from both schools on the same date, in the same semester/quarter, and in the same year. Double counting of credit hours occurs only after the student concurrently completes both degree programs. Students should consult with the joint degree advisors regarding any questions about coordinating the completion of the two degrees.
  • Students must adhere to CDM introductory course grade requirements as specified for their CDM major.
  • Students also adhere to CDM grade and GPA requirements as specified for their CDM major in all CDM courses beyond the introductory courses.
  • CDM requires that students must maintain a GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their joint degrees.

Graduation Requirements

The joint degree candidate must complete all CDM requirements in November at the end of the fall quarter and all law requirements in December at the end of the autumn semester to be eligible for a December degree award. Students who plan to graduate in May must complete their CDM coursework in March by the end of the winter quarter and their law requirements in May to be eligible for a May degree award. If not, they will have to graduate in July and cannot be certified for admission to the Bar in July. ​

Course Requirements

Full-time students must complete the regular first year JD program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before being admitted to the Joint Degree. Part-time students must complete at least three law semesters with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before being admitted to the Joint Degree. The second and third years provide some flexibility to tailor a student’s program. For example, students might take three law courses in the Fall Semester and two law courses in the Spring Semester, while taking one CDM course in the Fall Quarter, two CDM courses in the Winter Quarter, and two CDM courses in the Spring Quarter. The fourth year might consist of three law courses in the Fall Semester, one CDM course in the Fall Quarter, three CDM courses in the Winter Quarter, and three CDM courses in the Spring Quarter.

This schedule allows for completion of the JD as well as completion of 14 CDM courses (the MS program plus four prerequisite courses) in four years. It is possible that, because of prerequisite coursework, the program may take some students more than four years. Since each student will require a different number of CDM introductory courses and each student will select courses based on semester/quarter availability, any particular curriculum might be different from the above-described curriculum. Students are encouraged to select courses with the assistance of the program advisors at both the College of Law and CDM.

CDM Requirements for an MS Degree

For the CDM portion of the joint degree, students may major in: 

  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • E-Commerce Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Network Engineering and Security

Each program listed above follows the requirements as listed on the page for that major. These requirements are divided into phases. Upon completion of the major requirements, each student will move to the Elective Phase as described below.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate from CDM with distinction.

College of Law Certificate Programs

In addition to the Joint Degree, students may obtain one of the Certificates offered by the College of Law, providing that they have met the requirements for the Certificate.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook.

Elective Phase

Students must complete 12 additional graduate quarter hours fulfilled by courses from the IP Certificate. These courses will also be counted toward the JD degree.​

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