Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will demonstrate mastery of core doctrinal knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the skills necessary for objective legal analysis
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the skills necessary for effective legal research.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of legal writing across formats
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the duties of attorneys as members of the legal profession
  • Students will demonstrate ability to work with people in a professional environment.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in professional work habits
  • Students will demonstrate entry-level proficiency in lawyering skills
Required Courses

First Year Required Courses

All students must complete the following required courses during the first year:

Full-Time Progress

Fall Semester
LAW 8501Contracts I3
LAW 8634Criminal Law3
LAW 8531Lawyering Skills I 13
LAW 8541Property I3
LAW 8511Torts3
Spring Semester
LAW 8521Civil Procedure I3
LAW 8631Constitutional Law4
LAW 8502Contracts II3
LAW 8532Lawyering Skills II 12
LAW 8542Property II3
Total Credits30
1

Lawyering Skills I and II: These two first-year courses introduce students to legal reasoning; analytical and critical thinking; case research and analysis; legal writing, including office memoranda, briefs and letters to and on behalf of clients; advocacy; and all forms of legal research. They offer education in many of the fundamental skills and processes of legal practice through a combination of lecture classes and small group sessions. They are required of all first-year law students in order to supply a strong foundation of thinking, research and writing skills upon which all later, advanced courses will depend.

Part-time Progress

Students enrolled on a part-time basis must take three of the required courses, including Lawyering Skills, in their first year. The remaining courses must be completed in their second year of study.

Other Required Courses

Students must complete the following courses as a condition of graduation:

Required to be Taken During the Summer Preceding or During the Fall of the Second Year
LAW 8601Business Organizations3
LAW 8552Federal Taxation3
LAW 8522Civil Procedure II2
Required to be Taken During the Summer Preceding or During the Second Year
Evidence3
Required to be Taken Prior to Graduation.
LAW 8635Criminal Procedure I3
LAW 8731Professional Responsibility2
A course that fulfills the school's jurisprudential requirement2-3
Experiential Course or courses (see below)3
Total Credits21-22

Experiential Course Requirement

A student must take 3 credit hours in a course or combination of courses that meet the school's experiential course requirement. These courses are primarily clinical, internship, or skills simulation courses.  Courses fulfilling the requirement will be designated by the faculty.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the J.D. Degree

  1. Completion of 91 credit hours, 80 of which must be classroom credits.

  2. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (see Administrative Rules and Regulations, Scholastic Probation and Dismissal, in this section)

  3. Completion of all required courses (see Required Courses in this section).

  4. Fulfilling the school's research and writing requirement. This requires students to have a rigorous writing experience evidencing legal analysis resulting in a paper of professional quality.

  5. Regular and punctual class attendance.

  6. Successful completion of all coursework within five years from the day students began their course of studies leading toward the degree. A student will not be allowed to enroll in any course after the five-year period.