First Year (30 Semester Hours)

Fall Semester

  • Torts—4
  • Contracts I—3
  • Criminal Law—3
  • Civil Procedure I—2
  • Lawyering and Legal Reasoning I—3

Total = 15

Spring Semester

  • Contracts II—2
  • Real Property—4
  • Civil Procedure II—3
  • Evidence—3
  • Lawyering and Legal Reasoning II—3

Total = 15
Total First Year = 30

Second Year (30 to 32 Hours)

Fall Semester

  • Constitutional Law I­—2

Spring Semester

  • Constitutional Law II—3

Total Second Year = 5

Second- or Third-year

The following courses are required and must be taken during the second or third year:

  • Business Organizations—4 - Required to be taken no later than the fourth semester
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates—3 - Required to be taken no later than the fifth semester
  • Secured Transactions—3
  • Professional Responsibilities—2
  • Criminal Procedure I—3

Subtotal = 15
Including Second Year = 5
Total Upper Level Required Hours = 20

Experiential Learning Requirement

Students must graduate with six (6) hours of experiential learning courses. Courses that satisfy the experiential learning requirement will be designated by an E in the section.

Graduation Writing Requirement

After attaining 30-credit hours, each student must complete a supervised rigorous writing experience prior to graduation. To satisfy this requirement, each student must complete a course or seminar that is designated by the associate dean as satisfying the requirement.

A course or seminar will satisfy the writing requirement only if:

  • it is for academic credit and graded (pass/fail courses do not qualify);
  • it is taught by a member of the law school faculty;
  • it contains a rigorous writing component that constitutes a substantial part of the grade in the course; and either
    • The professor provides substantial individualized feedback on multiple iterations of a substantial, graded writing project, including feedback on at least one compete draft prior to the student's submitting the final draft of the project, or
    • The professor provides substantial individualized feedback on multiple graded writing projects assigned during the semester.

The associate dean shall determine each semester which courses and seminars meet the above requirements and thus will qualify as courses that satisfy the upper level writing requirement. In making that determination, the associate dean shall consider the number and nature of writing projects assigned; the opportunities a student has to meet with a writing instructor for purposes of individualized assessment of the student's written products; the number of drafts that a student must produce of any writing project; and the form of assessment used by the writing instructor. Courses that satisfy the requirement then will be designated on the course schedule and other records with the designation "R" in their course numbers.

The following will not satisfy the writing requirement:

  • Experiential learning courses where grading is primarily based upon performance simulations;
  • Externships;
  • Courses that mimic the law firm clerking experience; and
  • Directed Research that is not designated as satisfying the above requirement.
Beginning with the class of 2022, students must register for a course or seminar designated as satisfying the upper level writing requirement no later than the semester prior to the semester in which the student is slated to graduate.  For members of the class of 2022 only, the associate dean may, for good cause, waive this requirement.