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Curriculum Overview

Full-Time Students

First Year

Fall
Civil Procedures I
Contracts I
Torts I
Legal Writing, Research & Analysis I
Professional & Academic Success Seminar (P.A.S.S.)
Criminal Law
Total Credits: 15
Spring
Civil Procedures II
Contracts II
Real Property I
Torts II
Legal Writing, Research & Analysis II
Total Credits: 15

Second Year

Students in the bottom half of the class are required to take Advanced Analytical Methods (2 credits, that count toward graduation as elective credits) in the fall semester.

Fall
Elective(s) and/or Writing*
Constitutional Law I
Evidence
Real Property II
Total Credits: 12-16
Spring
Elective(s) and/or Writing*
Business Organizations
Constitutional Law II
Sales & Secured Transactions
Criminal Procedure
Total Credits: 12-16

Third Year

Fall
Elective(s) and/or Writing*
Professional Responsibility
Remedies
Total Credits: 12-16
Spring
Elective(s) and/or Writing*
Total Credits: 12-16

 

TOTAL REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 88 Credits

* After the first year of study, students take a minimum of 26 credits in elective courses. Also, after completing LWRA I & II, students must take a minimum of two upper division writing courses totaling at least five credits; these five credits must be taken over a two-year period. In other words, full-time students must take one upper-division writing course in their 2L year and another in their 3L year. Part-time students must take an upper-division writing course in two out of their final three years. The following courses fulfill the upper division writing requirement: Advanced Appellate Advocacy (2); Transactional Drafting (3); Trial Advocacy and Writing (3); ADR and Writing (3); Pretrial Practice and Procedure (2); Advanced Legal Writing (2), Seminar—Civil Liberties: Litigation (2); Seminar—Civil Liberties: Legislation (2); Legislative Drafting (2); and, International Criminal Law (3). Students may take additional writing courses to fulfill other elective requirements. Beginning with the Fall 2011 entering class, 1L’s are required to take and pass the non-credit course—Pathways to Academic Success Seminar (P.A.S.S.). In addition, for the class beginning in Fall 2011, students in the bottom half of the class will be required to take and pass Advanced Analytical Methods (2 credits), in their 2L year.