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J.D. Required Courses

Outline of First-Year Courses
(All Required)

First Semester

Civil Procedure Rules—3hrs.
Contracts I—4hrs.
Criminal Law—3hrs.
Torts I—4hrs.
Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing—2hrs.
Introduction to Legal Research—1hr. 

Total Hours—17



Second Semester

Civil Procedure Jurisdiction—2hrs.
Constitutional Law—4hrs.
Legislation and Regulation—3hrs.
Property I—4hrs.
Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing—2hrs

Total Hours—15


Upper-Level Courses

After the first year, each student must complete Appellate Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, a seminar, and one perspective courses in areas designed to impart a wider or different perspective on the legal system. In addition to these requirements, each student is required to complete one course or program from the following list: 

(1) Trial Advocacy and Evidence; 
(2) The Clinical Law Program and Evidence; 
(3) Business Transaction Drafting; or 
(4) The Federal Externship Program and Evidence. 

Each student must attain a grade of C or better in one seminar, Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Trial Advocacy. Second- and third-year students begin to specialize through selecting courses from three basic categories: professional skills courses, perspective courses, and upper-level substantive courses.

The faculty of the College of Law reserves the right to make changes in course and program requirements for the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD). Subject to this reservation, requirements for graduation applicable to the student are normally those which are in effect at the student’s date of initial entry into the College. A student who withdraws or is dismissed from the College of Law for a period of time and then is readmitted may be subject to new requirements.

Skills-Based Learning –

  • Trial Advocacy is an introduction to techniques of and ethical questions associated with trial practice including jury selection, opening statement, direct and cross examination, and closing argument. Class involves lecture, discussion, and simulation to prepare students for trial practice.
  • Appellate Advocacy prepares students for appellate practice through the preparation of an appellate brief and an argument based on the brief in front of a panel of local attorneys who serve as judges.
  • Business Transaction Drafting prepares students who desire to enter the practice of business law by focusing on the drafting of contracts and other documents commonly prepared by transactional lawyers who complete legal work for organizational and institutional clients.
  • Pre-Trial Litigation immerses students in the day-to-day work of civil litigators while students complete interviews, depositions, investigation, legal research, discovery, memoranda, pleadings, oral argument, pre-trial conference, negotiation, and compilation of a litigation file.
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