Curriculum for students entering in 2015-16 academic year

The curriculum reflected in the grids below is subject to change as the Dean and faculty evaluate, develop and enhance the academic program.  Informational notes below each of the following charts correspond with bracketed numbers in the charts. 

First Year

August Term
(Early August)

Credits

Fall Term

Credits

Winter Term

Credits

Spring Term

Credits

Introduction to Legal Studies

3

Torts

5

Criminal Law

4 (3)

Constitutional Law

5

Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism (1)

2

Civil Procedure

 

2

Civil Procedure

3

Property

5

 

 

Contracts

2

Contracts

3

Legal Method & Communication

2

 

 

Legal Method & Communication (2)

3

Legal Method & Communication

2

 

 

Total Credits

5

 

12

 

12

 

12

1. The Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism course starts in August of the first year.  It continues throughout the first year. 

2. One credit of the Legal Method & Communication course in the Fall Term is devoted to Legal Research

3. A lab component to the Criminal Law course constitutes one of the course credits

Second Year (1)

August Term
(Mid-August)

Credits

Fall Term

Credits

December Term (3)

Credits

Winter Term

Credits

Spring Term (5)

Credits

Professional Responsibility

2

Business Assocs.

4

Electives/
Study Abroad

1-3

Residency (1)

7

Electives (6)

10-14

Leadership & Public Law

2

Evidence

 

4

 

 

Residency-Accomp-anying Course (4)

2-3

 

 

 

 

Electives (2)

2-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

4

 

10-14

 

1-3

 

9-10

 

10-14

1. All students are required to do a “residency” (a full-time field placement with a judge, public or private legal office, or one of the Law School’s in-house legal clinics) during their second year.  The Residency may be done in any of the three terms.  The chart shows the residency during the Winter Term for illustrative purposes. 

2. Students are required to satisfy a “Communications Requirement” every term.  This may be done through courses designated as “Communications Courses” the Law School or through various activities such as moot course or mock trial. 

3. December Term is approximately a 2-week optional term in which students may take short elective courses, some of which may include a study-abroad component

4. A “Residency-Accompanying Course” is a course in the subject area of the student’s Residency.  Residency-Accompanying Courses are determined by the Law School based on the student’s Residency.  Because a student’s Residency may not be in the local area, the Residency-Accompanying Course may be delivered through distance learning technology.  

5. This chart shows the student’s Residency and Residency-Accompanying Course occurring in the Winter Term.  These could, instead, take place during the Spring Term (with Electives than replacing the Residency and Residency-Accompanying Elective in the Winter Term).

6. As previously mentioned, students must fulfill the Communications Requirement each term.   

Third Year

August Term
(Mid-August)

Credits

Fall Term

Credits

Bar Exam Foundations

4

Bridge-to-Practice Course (1)

2-3

 

 

Electives

8-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

4

 

10-14

1. A Bridge-to-Practice Course is the culmination of a student’s transition from theory to practice.  Bridge to Practice Courses may involve extended simulation of live-client experience and will satisfy the Communications Requirement.