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Upper-Division & Graduation Requirements





In addition to the courses required in the first year, the College of Law requires upper-division students to complete a sequence of courses during the second and third year of legal studies that will ensure a well-rounded legal education. Each student is required to complete a seminar that entails a major paper, earn at least 7 hours in courses designated as skills courses and take a course that offers a perspective on American law from another legal system or discipline.

Upper Division Required Courses Credit Hours
1218 Analytical Methods for Lawyers 2
1232 Business Organizations 1 3
1280 Constitutional Law 1 3
1324 Evidence 3
1388 Legal Profession 2


Each student, after completing their first year, must successfully complete at least 7 hours of instruction in designated skills courses. These courses are designed to train students in professional skills needed to practice law. All clinic courses are skills courses. Courses other than clinical offerings meet the skills requirement only if they involve multiple opportunities for assessment in drafting or simulation exercises involving problems of a type encountered in the practice of law. Skills course examples include Advanced Legal Research and Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Planning, Civil Practice: An Introduction and Corporate Finance, among others.


Each student, during his or her second or third year, must complete, with a grade of “C” or higher, a seminar designated as complying with the Upper-Division Writing Requirement. Seminar course examples include Capital Punishment, Constitutional Interpretation, Environmental Law and Intellectual Property, among others.


Certificate in Corporate Law
Certificate in Bankruptcy and Commercial Law
Certificate in Criminal Law
Certificate in International Law
Certificate in Public Law and Policy
Certificate in Real Property Law
Certificate in Civil Litigation
Certificate in Taxation
Certificate in Small Firm General Practice

*Subject to Change


The degree of Juris Doctor is conferred upon application to all students with six full-time semesters of residence who have successfully completed a total of 90 hours, including the courses graded with an “S” or “U,” and with an accumulative average of 2.00 for all courses in which a letter grade is given. 

Degrees are conferred at the end of the semester during which requirements were completed. Commencement exercises are held at the close of spring semester. Students who complete their work prior to the spring semester are invited to participate.

Students who graduate with an average of 3.60 or higher graduate ”With High Distinction.” Those who graduate with an average of 3.30 or above graduate “With Distinction.”

The required courses for graduation are as follows:
1001 & 1002 Legal Res/Writ 1&2 1052 Criminal Law
1011 & 1012 Civil Procedure 1 & 2 1218 Analytical Methods for Lawyers
1021 & 1022 Contracts 1 & 2 1232 Business Organizations 1
1031 & 1032 Property 1 & 2 1280 Constitutional Law 1
1004 Legal Problem Solving and Analysis 1324 Evidence
1035 Public Law and the Legal Process 1388 Legal Profession
1043 Torts