The basic J.D. program includes a robust 1L curriculum including the following courses: Advanced Legal Methods; Foundations for the Study of Law; Foundations for the Pursuit of Professionalism; Legislation & Regulation; Civil Procedure; Contracts; Criminal Law; Legal Practice I and II; Property; and Torts.
During 2L year, Day-Division students complete two semesters of Constitutional Law; Professional Responsibility and either Corporations or Evidence. (Students interested in careers in transactional practice should take Corporations and students interested in criminal or litigation-focused careers should take Evidence.)
Between 2L and 3L year, students choose and complete 2-3 Gateway/Bar Topic courses (Commercial Law; Criminal Procedure: Investigation; Family Law; and Wills, Trusts & Future Interests) and complete the other of either Corporations or Evidence.
During their final year, students in the bottom 75% at the end of their first year are required to complete Introduction to MEE/MPT (Multi-state Essay Exam and the Multi-state Performance Test)) and all students are required to complete Introduction to MBE (Multi-state Bar Exam).
All students must satisfy the Writing Requirement before the final semester at the Law School. 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 sequence Legal Practice I & II. 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 (or group of papers) in a course; by taking an upper-class writing elective and earning a grade of B- or better; by an independent research project; by a piece prepared for the Law Review; or by a brief written in connection with intramural Moot Court competitions. Students can find detailed information on the writing requirement in the Law School’s portal under Academics.
All students satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement by completing 6 credits of approved coursework and earning a B- or better. The complete list of approved clinics, simulation courses and externships and workshops (also known as field placements) can be found in the course catalog.
The Evening Division students will complete all of the same courses over their four years of study at the law school. There are evening sections of all courses available. For students in the Evening Division, their 1L and 2L year course sequencing is a slight variation on the 1L Day Division program.
86 credits are required for graduation.
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