Required Courses

  • Civil Procedure/Alternative Dispute Resolution  

    LAW 511 4 credits
    Exploration of the nature and structure of civil practice with a focus on formal adjudicatory procedure. Topics may include rules of procedure, alternative dispute resolution, procedural due process, and access to justice.

  • Constitutional Law I  

    LAW 517 3 credits
    Role of the courts in the federal system, distribution of powers between state and federal governments, and the role of procedure in litigation of constitutional questions.

  • Constitutional Law II  

    LAW 624 3 credits
    Examination of fundamental protections for persons, property, and political and social rights. Full-time students must complete this course before the end of the second year; and part-time students must take this course before the end of the third year.

  • Contracts  

    LAW 503 4 credits
    An overview of general contract law, this course explores common and statutory law governing contract formation, interpretation, performance and enforcement, as well as some of the forces shaping contract law's development.

  • Criminal Law  

    LAW 616 3 credits
    Introduction to criminal law with emphasis on principles of criminal liability.

  • Lawyering Process I  

    LAW 505 3 credits
    Provides students, through course work and simulated cases, the opportunity to examine the relationship between legal analysis and lawyering tasks such as effective legal research strategies, legal writing, oral advocacy, and client interviewing and counseling, with an emphasis on professionalism and ethics.

  • Lawyering Process II  

    LAW 515 3 credits
    Students continue to develop skills in legal research, analysis, reasoning and writing. In Lawyering Process II, students learn to write persuasively as an advocate, through increasingly complex simulations that focus on analyzing statutory and administrative materials. Assignments include letters to clients and attorneys, a trial court memorandum and an appellate brief and are staged to allow for extensive individual feedback and instruction during the writing process. Each student also makes an oral argument to a mock appellate court.

  • Lawyering Process III  

    The final semester of the Lawyering Process program provides students with an advanced legal writing experience. Each semester at least three sections of LP III will be offered. Students may choose from a menu of courses so they can focus on the types of legal writing that most interest them. Courses will include advanced advocacy with a focus on appellate court, trial court or administrative agency settings; advanced analysis and writing; basic legal drafting; special topics in drafting, which may focus on transactional drafting, litigation drafting, legislative drafting or ADR drafting; writing in law practice, a simulation course with a variety of writing and drafting assignments; and judicial opinion writing. In each section, students will have multiple assignments, will write successive drafts of at least one major assignment and receive extensive individual feedback and instruction. Students may take more than one LP III offering but must complete at least one before their final semester. Courses that will satisfy this requirement are Law 610 Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing: Special Topics, Law 669, Legal Drafting, Law 671 Judicial Writing, and Law 718 Advanced Advocacy: Special Topics.

  • Professional Responsibility  

    LAW 613 3 credits
    This course examines the law governing lawyers, the rules that govern how members of the legal profession, including judges as well as lawyers, may or must behave. Sources of these rules are many - the Constitution, statutes, procedural, evidentiary, and court rules, and rules of professional conduct.

  • Property  

    LAW 521 4 credits
    This course explores the legal basis for recognizing property, including some or all of the following topics: the creation, acquisition and extent of property interests; estates and future interests; landlord-tenant relations; real estate transactions; easements and servitudes, and public regulation of private property.

  • Torts  

    LAW 523 4 credits
    Law of civil injuries, including legal protection of personality, property, and relational interests against physical, economic, and emotional harms. Emphasis on intentional torts, negligence and strict liability.