Graduation – Law


At Concordia Law, the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is awarded upon the successful completion of the degree requirements. The degree provides the academic training and skills needed to practice law and the knowledge required to take and pass a state bar exam in order to become a licensed attorney. Although most graduates will initially elect to use their degrees within the legal arena, a J.D. degree has become increasingly recognized as the foundation to prepare and lead law school graduates into a wide variety of careers in business, finance, government, education, and the non-profit sector.

Application for Graduation

Students must submit an Application for Graduation by April 15th if they plan to receive a degree at the conclusion of the upcoming fall term or at the conclusion of the spring or summer term of the following calendar year. Once the necessary paperwork has been submitted and processed, students will receive information regarding the commencement ceremony. Note: A Graduation Fee will be accessed upon receipt of the Graduation Application regardless of the student's intent to participate in a commencement ceremony. 

Graduation with Honors

Students who obtain a cumulative grade point average of 3.29 or higher will graduate with honors, as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.70 to 4.33
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.47 to 3.69
  • Cum Laude: 3.29 to 3.46

Students who graduate with honors will receive a notation on their academic transcript.