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Curriculum for students entering in 2015 and following

Curriculum for classes enrolled prior to 2015

The curriculum reflected in the grids below is subject to change as the Dean and faculty evaluate, develop and enhance the academic program. 

First Year Curriculum

Course Credits
August Term (Early August)
Introduction to Legal Studies 3
Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism* 1
Total Credits 4
Fall Trimester
Torts 5
Civil Procedure 5
Legal Method & Communication 2
Legal Research 1
Total Credits 13
Winter Trimester
Criminal Law 3
Criminal Law Lab 1
Contracts 5
Legal Method & Communication 2
Total Credits 11
Spring Trimester
Business Associations or Evidence 4
Property 5
Legal Method & Communication

2

Total Credits 12

* The Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism course starts in August of the first year, but continues with one short mandatory session during each of the Fall, Winter, and Spring Trimesters.  One credit for the course is awarded at the end of the August Term, an the other is awarded at the end of the Spring Trimester. 

Second Year 1 Curriculum

Course Credits
August Term (Mid-August)
Professional Responsibility 2
Public Law & Leadership 2
Total Credits 4
Fall Trimester
Business Associations or Evidence 4
Constitutional Law I 2
Elective(s)2 4-8
Total Credits 10-14
December Term3
Electives / Study Abroad 1-3
Total Credits 1-3
Winter Trimester
Residency-in-Practice 7-8
Residency-in-Practice Accompanying Course4 2-4
Total Credits 10-11
Spring Trimester5
Constitutional Law II 3
Elective Courses 7-11
Total Credits 10-14
Elective Courses6 7-11 Total Credits 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 either the Winter or Spring trimester. The chart shows the Residency during the Winter Term for illustrative purposes.

2 Students are required to satisfy a “Communications Requirement” in every upper-level term that is not the student’s Residency term. This may be done through courses designated as “Communications Courses” at the Law School or through various activities such as moot court 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 related to the student’s Residency placement. 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.

6 As previously mentioned, students must fulfill the Communications Requirement each upper-level term, except the Residency term.

Third Year Curriculum

Course Credits
August Term (Mid-August)
Bar Foundations 2
Total Credits 2
Fall Term
Bar Foundations 2
Bridge-to-Practice Course7 2-3
Electives8 5-9
Total Credits 10-14

7 A Bridge-to-Practice Course prepares a student to transition from theory to practice. Bridge-to-Practice Courses may involve extended simulation of live-client experience.

8 As previously mentioned, students must fulfill the Communications Requirement each upper-level term, except the Residency term.