Required Courses

A total of 91 credit hours are required to graduate. Of these, the first-year core curriculum of 30 credit hours is required as well as 8 to 10 credit hours in the upper division as listed below. The remaining credit hours are comprised of elective law courses. 


Full-Time Day Course Requirements

First Semester
Civil Procedure I (2 credit hours)
Contracts I (3)
Criminal Law (3)
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Legal Research and Writing I (3)
Torts (4)

 

Second Semester
Civil Procedure II (3 credit hours)
Constitutional Law I (3)
Contracts II (2)
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Legal Research and Writing II (3)
Property (4)

 

Upper Division Required Courses
Perspectives on Law Course or Seminar (2-3 credit hours)
Legal Profession (Professional Ethics) (3)
Professional Skills Course (1-3)
Seminar (2)

 

After completing the first-year requirements, students can select from a variety of offerings to complete the minimum of 91 hours to graduate. The majority of upper division courses are elective with the exception of the requirements listed below.

Perspectives on Law Requirement
The Perspectives on Law requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in any course or seminar designated as such. A perspectives on law course or seminar is one devoted to the study of comparative or international legal systems, insights from other academic disciplines (such as history, literature, economics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology or sociology), or approaches by other critical viewpoints on legal concepts or problems. Examples of Perspectives on Law offerings include, but are not limited to:

American Legal History (course and seminar)
Bioethics and the Law
Critical Race Theory seminar 
Death Penalty seminar
Disability Law
International Law
Jurisprudence

 

Seminar Requirement
Seminars involve a small group of students who engage in extensive research, writing, and discussion. Seminars of varying topics are offered every semester. Examples of recent seminars include, but are not limited to:

Access to Health Care
American Presidency
Corporate Social Responsibility
Death Penalty
Education Law & Policy
IP of Creative Businesses
Tax Policy
Trademark
White Collar Crime

 

Legal Profession
Legal Profession is a required 3 credit hour course that examines the duties of lawyers to the profession, their clients and the larger community.

Professional Skills Requirement
Courses meeting this requirement are designed to provide students with the experience of applying legal theory and skills to simulated or real client matters. Students may satisfy this requirement by representing clients under faculty supervision in the legal clinics or externship placements. Client representation courses include:

  • Civil Advocacy Clinic
  • Criminal Advocacy Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Externship Placement

Many professional skills classes are also available that provide students with the opportunity to practice legal skills in a variety of simulated client situations. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Anatomy of a Patent
  • Civil Practice
  • Client Counseling
  • Estate Planning
  • Fraud, Abuse and Health Care Regulation
  • Law Practice Management
  • Moot Court
  • Negotiations
  • Sports Law
  • Transactional Health Care Practice
  • Trial Advocacy I & II

Part-Time Day Course Requirements

There are two options for the Part-Time Day Program: an 11-hour schedule (listed below) or an 8-hour schedule, which postpones the asterisked courses below until semesters three and four respectively.

First Semester
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Civil Procedure I (2)
Contracts I (3)
Legal Research and Writing I (3)
*Criminal Law (3)

Second Semester
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Civil Procedure II (3)
Contracts II (2)
Legal Research and Writing II (3)
*Constitutional Law I (3)

Third Semester
Torts (4)
Electives (up to 7 hours)

Fourth Semester
Property (4)
Legal Profession (3)
Electives (up to 4 hours)

Upper Division Required Courses
Perspectives on Law Course or Seminar (2-3)
Legal Profession (Professional Ethics) (3)
Professional Skills Course (1-3)
Seminar (2)


Part-Time Evening Course Requirements

Students in the Part-Time Evening Program complete their required first year core curriculum in two years by taking courses scheduled in the evening. Part-time students both in their first and second year will be in some of the same classes. Course sequencing will be determined based upon your matriculating year (even numbered or odd numbered year). The course sequence is as follows:

 

Even Academic Years (i.e. Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Year One Fall (8 credit hours)
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Civil Procedure I (2)
Constitutional Law I (3)
Legal Research and Writing I (3)

Year One Spring (10 credit hours)
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Civil Procedure II (3)
Property (4)
Legal Research and Writing II (3)

Year Two Fall (up to 11 credit hours)
Contracts I (2)
Torts (4)
Electives (up to 5 hours)

Year Two Spring (up to 11 credit hours)
Contracts II (3)
Criminal Law (3)
Legal Profession when offered (3) and/or Electives (up to 11 total hours)

 

Odd Academic Years (i.e. Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Year One Fall (9 credit hours)
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Contracts I (2)
Torts (4)
Legal Research and Writing I (3)

Year One Spring (9 credit hours)
Introduction to Legal Studies (0)
Contracts II (3)
Criminal Law (3)
Legal Research and Writing II (3)

Year Two Fall (up to 11 credit hours)
Civil Procedure I (2)
Constitutional Law I (3)
Electives (up to 6 hours)

Year Two Spring (up to 11 credit hours)
Civil Procedure II (3)
Property (4)
Electives (up to 4 hours)


 

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