Core Courses

Students must earn at least 90 semester credit hours of law school work to earn a J.D. During their first two semesters, students take the 10 core required courses (as listed below). All students also must successfully complete seven upper-level courses (also listed below) to meet their degree requirements.

All students will complete their 90 credit-hour requirement by selecting from an extensive list of upper-level elective courses.

The following overview of our curriculum applies to students who begin their legal studies in May 2011 or after.

First Semester

Civil Practice and Procedure (4 credits)
Contracts I (2 credits)
Legal Profession I (3 credits)
Real Property I (4 credits)
Torts I (3 credits)

Second Semester

Constitutional Law (4 credits)
Contracts II (3 credits)
Criminal Law (3 credits)
Legal Profession II (3 credits)
Torts II (2 credits)

Third Semester

Legislation (3 credits)

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Student must take one of the following courses:

  • Appellate Advocacy (2 credits)
  • Transactional Drafting (2 credits)

Additional Upper-Level Requirements

Externship or Law Clinic Intern
Evidence (3 credits)
Professional Responsibility (2 credits)
Synthesis Requirement: Capstone (3 or 4 credits)
ADR Requirement (one of the following):

  • ADR for the Litigator (3 credits)
  • Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiations (3 credits)
  • Conflict Management and ADR (3 credits)
  • Advanced Dispute Resolution (4 credits)