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.

First-Year Full-Time Curriculum

First Semester

Civil Procedure I (2)
Contracts I (3)
Criminal Law (3)
Legal Research and Writing I (3)
Torts (4)

Second Semester
Civil Procedure II (3)
Constitutional Law I (3)
Contracts II (2)
Legal Research and Writing II (3)
Property (4)

First-Year Part-Time Evening Curriculum

First Semester
Contracts I (2)
Legal Research and Writing I (3)
Torts (4)

Second Semester
Contracts II (3)
Criminal Law (3)
Legal Research and Writing II (3)

Third Semester
Civil Procedure I (2)
Constitutional Law I (3)
Property (4)

Fourth Semester
Civil Procedure II (3)
Electives (up to 8)

Upper Division Curriculum

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.

Upper Division Requirements
Humanities Course or Seminar (2-3)
Legal Profession (Professional Ethics) (3)
Professional Skills Course (1-3)
Seminar (2)

Humanities Requirement
The Humanities requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in any course or seminar designated as such. A humanities course or seminar is one in which the material is studied from the perspective of another discipline or from the perspective of non-U.S. law. Examples of humanities offerings include, but are not limited to:

  • American Legal History (course and seminar)
  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Comparative Law courses and seminars
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law & Philosophy seminar
  • Law & Psychiatry seminar

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
  • Copyright & New Media
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Death Penalty
  • Legal History
  • Regulation of Human Research
  • The Immigration Debate
  • 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:

  • Anatomy of a Patent
  • Advanced Real Estate Transactions
  • Civil Practice
  • Client Counseling
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Fraud & Abuse in Health Care
  • Law Practice Management
  • Moot Court
  • Negotiations
  • Transactional Health Care Practice
  • Trial Advocacy I & II
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