Juris Doctor (JD)
The Law School offers the Juris Doctor degree for successful completion of 89 hours in the award winning Woodruff Curriculum.
The Legal Writing Program prepares students with the essential legal research and writing skills they need to be prepared to practice right after graduation. We offer more courses in the essential skills of legal research and writing than most law schools and the nation's only Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting. Employers recognize that when they hire a Mercer Law graduate, they are hiring a lawyer who is highly trained in these skills.
Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing
Mercer offers a Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting to students who take selected writing, research and drafting courses in addition to the required courses and successfully complete several additional requirements. Space in the certificate program is limited.
The School of Law and the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business of Mercer University offer a joint program of study that permits both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Business Administration degrees to be earned in as few as three years. Both schools have collaborated to offer strong combined programs in law and business.
About half of Mercer Law students participate in clinical training through our Experiential Education program. Students work on real cases and gain the practical skills they need once they graduate. For example, students in the Habeas Project help to represent people who have been wrongfully imprisoned, offering a legal lifeline that could lead to a new trial.
Semester in Practice
The Law School offers a Semester-in-Practice program for third-year students. The program allows students to participate in expanded externships during the academic year.
Mercer is a co-sponsor of several Summer Abroad Programs administered by the Stetson University College of Law in Florida. Programs are offered in Spain, Argentina, China, Germany, and the Netherlands. For current Mercer Law students who are planning to study abroad, please review the checklists prepared by the Registrar and the Financial Aid Office.