Structure of the Required Curriculum

Full-Time Day Division

Students enrolled in the full-time Day program typically complete degree requirements in six semesters over a three-year period. During the first year, full-time Day Division students must take the required curriculum. Prior to enrollment, students are assigned at random to a first year section of about 25 students. This section assignment determines each student’s academic schedule for both the fall and spring semesters of the first year. First-year, Day Division students take 16 credits of required classes during the fall semester, with meetings typically Monday through Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., except on Friday when classes seldom are scheduled to meet later than 3:00 p.m. In the spring semester these students take 13 credits of required courses and an elective – usually for either two or three credits. After the first year, Day Division students register for 11 to 17 credits in each semester, completing the required courses and selecting from a wide array of electives to develop a program which meets their academic interests and prepares them to achieve their career goals. After the first year, day students may enroll in evening division electives as long as the majority of credits in each semester are in day courses. Day Division students are not permitted to work during the first year of law school and may work no more than 20 hours per week thereafter.

Although semester scheduling of doctrinal courses may vary from year to year, in the fall semester students take Legal Analysis and Writing (3), referred to as LA&W, in combination with either Introduction to Civil Procedure (2), Introduction to Contracts (2) or Introduction to Torts (2). Students also take Criminal Law (3) and the four-credit versions of the two doctrinal courses which they are not taking in coordination with Legal Analysis and Writing, that is, Civil Procedure (4) and/or Contracts (4) and/or Torts (4).

In the spring semester, first-year Day Division students take the second half of the course which in the first semester was combined with LA&W [Civil Procedure II (3), or Contracts II (3), or Torts II (3)], and also take Written and Oral Advocacy (W&OA) , Introduction to Legal Research (1), Constitutional Law I: Governance (3), Property (4) and must take one (and no more than one) elective course, with most electives open to first-year students earning either two or three credits.

In addition to taking electives, in the third semester Day Division students take Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights (3). Prior to graduation, students must take Advanced Legal Research (1) and one of several offerings which satisfy the Legal Profession requirement.  Day Division students must fulfill the Cardin Requirement, and all student must complete the Advanced Writing Requirement.  A total of 85 credits must be satisfactorily completed in order to be eligible for graduation.

First Year

Fall Semester:

Legal Analysis and Writing (LA&W) (3 credits)

 

Introduction to either Civil Procedure or Contracts or Torts (2 credits)

 

Civil Procedure and/or Contracts and/or Torts (two courses; 8 credits total)

 

Criminal Law (3 credits)

 

Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester:

Written and Oral Advocacy (W&OA) (2 credits)

 

Introduction to Legal Research (1 credit)

 

Constitutional Law I: Governance (3 credits)

 

Property (4 credits)

 

Civil Procedure II or Contracts II or Torts II (3 credits)

 

Elective (2 or 3 credits)

 

Total Credits: 13 required, and one elective course for at least 2 credits.

Second Year

Fall Semester:

Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights (3 credits)

Prior to Graduation

Legal Profession

Legal Profession

Advanced Legal Research

Cardin Requirement

Advanced Writing Requirement


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