The entire first year and part of the second year of the J.D. program, for both Day and Evening Division students, consists of a required curriculum of the courses listed below.
*Required only of students in the Comprehensive Curriculum Program.
Writing Requirement: Because the ability to write clearly, accurately and persuasively is essential to the successful practice of law, the faculty has established a writing requirement beyond that of the first-year required course. The Writing Requirement must be satisfied before a student's final semester at the Law School and may be satisfied in a variety of ways: by a substantial paper in a course; by taking an upperclass writing elective and earning a grade of B- or better; by an independent research project; by a piece prepared for one of the student-run law journals or by a brief written in connection with intermural Moot Court competitions. The Writing Requirement is more fully described in the Student Handbook.
New York Law in National Perspective and Consolidated Legal Analysis: Students whose cumulative GPA places them in the bottom 25% of their division at the end of their second year (full-time) or third year (part-time) will be required to take New York Law in National Perspective during their next-to-last semester and Consolidated Legal Analysis during their final semester. Students whose cumulative GPA places them between the bottom 25% and 50% of their division at the end of their second year (full-time) or third year (part-time) will be required to take New York Law in National Perspective during their final semester.