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J.D. Degree Requirements - First Year Required CoursesAll students must co...

First Year Required Courses

All students must complete the following required courses during the first year:

Full-Time Progress

Fall Semester (15 credit hours)
   LAW 8501 Contracts I (3)
   LAW 8634 Criminal Law (3)
   LAW 8531 Introduction to Law and Lawyering Processes I* (3)
   LAW 8541 Property I (3)
   LAW 8511 Torts (3)
Spring Semester (15 credit hours)
   LAW 8521 Civil Procedure I (3)
   LAW 8631 Constitutional Law (4)
   LAW 8502 Contracts II (3)
LAW 8532 Introduction to Law and Lawyering Processes II* (2)
   LAW 8542 Property II (3)

Part-time Progress

Students enrolled on a part-time basis must take three of the required courses, including Introduction to Law and Lawyering Processes, in their first year. The remaining courses must be completed in their second year of study.

* Introduction to Law and Lawyering Processes I and II: These two first-year courses introduce students to legal reasoning; analytical and critical thinking; case research and analysis; legal writing, including office memoranda, briefs and letters to and on behalf of clients; advocacy; and all forms of legal research. They offer education in many of the fundamental skills and processes of legal practice through a combination of lecture classes and small group sessions. They are required of all first-year law students in order to supply a strong foundation of thinking, research and writing skills upon which all later, advanced courses will depend. In the second semester, some students may be assigned to, and others may have the option to elect, analytical sections of Introduction to Law (Intro Plus) to obtain more intensive instruction and practice in legal analysis and problem-solving.

Other Required Courses

Students must complete the following courses as a condition of graduation:
Required to be Taken During the Summer Preceding
or Fall of Second Year:
LAW 8601 Business Organizations(4)
  LAW 8552 Federal Taxation(3)
  LAW 8522 Civil Procedure II(2)
Required to be Taken During the Summer Preceding
or Spring of Second Year:
Required to be Taken During the Second or Third Year:
  LAW 8635 Criminal Procedure I(3)
  LAW 8721 Commercial Transactions, LAW 8721, Sales and Leasing or LAW 8720 Secured Transactions(3)
    Note: This is no longer a requirement effective for the 2010 entering class. 
  LAW 8731 Professional Responsibility(2)


A  course that fulfills the school's jurisprudential requirement.



Professional Skills Requirement. A student must meet the school's professional skills requirement. It may be met in one of the following ways:

1.   Completion of one credit hour of professional skills education. This requirement may be completed by successfully completing one or more courses designated as meeting all or a portion of the professional skills education requirement.

2.   Completion of a one credit hour independent study providing professional skills education, which indpendent study is certified to the School's Records Office as meeting the one credit hour professional skills education requirement.

3.   Participation in law school programs that, even if not for credit, provide professional skills education (this would primarily consist of the various advocacy, counseling and negotiation competitions which do not provide course credit. 

Required to be Taken at any Time Prior to Graduation and
May be Taken During the Second Semester of the First Year:
  A course that fulfills the school's (3)
      advanced torts requirement