Requirements for JD Degree

Required First-year Curriculum – 27 credits

Fall Semester

Course NameCredits
Civil Procedure4 credits
Contracts4 credits
Criminal Law3 credits
Experiential Legal Writing I3 credits
Foundations of Legal Analysis I1 credit

Spring Semester

Course NameCredits
Experiential Legal Writing II3 credits
*Foundations of Legal Analysis II (or elective)1 credit
Professionalism0 credit
Property4 credits
Torts4 credits

Required Second-Year Curriculum – 28 credits

Fall Semester

Course NameCredits
Constitutional Law5 credits
Evidence4 credits
Experiential Legal Writing III2 credits
*Foundations of Legal Analysis III (or elective)1 credit
Professional Responsibility2 credits

Spring Semester

Course NameCredits
Business Organizations4 credits
Commercial Law4 credits
Experiential Legal Writing IV2 credits
Foundations of Legal Analysis IV1 credit
Wills, Trusts, and Estates3 credits

Required Third-Year Curriculum – 16 credits

Fall Semester

Course NameCredits
Criminal Procedure4 credits
Experiential Legal Writing V2 credits
**Federal Income Tax3 credits
Foundations of Legal Analysis V2 credits

Spring Semester

Course NameCredits
Experiential Legal Writing VI2 credits
Foundations of Legal Analysis VI3 credits

*Foundations of Legal Analysis II and III can be waived by students who have earned a 3.00 grade point average or higher.

**Federal Income Tax is a required course, but may be taken in either the second or third year.

Experiential Learning Requirement

Students must take a minimum of six credits of experiential courses, consisting of simulations, clinics, or field placements.

30 Hours of Required Pro Bono Service

Required credit hours: 69-71

Elective courses hours: 19-21

Total credit hours required for Juris Doctors Degree: 90