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Curriculum Overview

Part-Time Students

First Year

Fall
Contracts I
Torts I
Legal Writing, Research & Analysis I
Professional & Academic Success Seminar (P.A.S.S.)
Total Credits: 9
Spring
Contracts II
Torts II
Legal Writing, Research & Analysis II
Total Credits: 9
Summer
Electives
Criminal Law
Total Credits: 5-6

Second Year

In the summer session, students are required to take five to six credit hours in electives/upper division writing courses. Students in the bottom half of the class are required to take Advanced Analytical Methods during the summer session. Advanced Analytical Methods is a two credit-hour course that counts toward graduation as elective credits.

Fall
Civil Procedures I
Real Property I
Criminal Procedure
Total Credits: 9
Spring
Elective(s) and/or Writing*
Civil Procedures II
Real Property II
Total Credits: 8-11
Summer
Elective(s) or Writing*
Total Credits: 5-6

Third Year

Fall
Elective or Writing*
Business Organizations
Constitutional Law I
Evidence I
Total Credits: 10-13
Spring
Electives
Constitutional Law II
Evidence II
Total Credits: 8-11
Summer
Electives
Professional Responsibility
Total Credits: 2-6

Fourth Year

During the spring, students should have completed all required courses and may take up to 11 credits in electives.

Fall
Elective(s) and/or Writing*
Remedies
Sales & Secured Transactions
Total Credits: 9-11
Spring
Electives
Total Credits: 1-11

 

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. Beginning Fall 2012, all transfer students are required to take and pass Advanced Analytical Methods (2 credits).