The School of Law provides a rich range of classes in both the day and evening divisions, which will fulfill the 87 credits you will need to graduate.
In addition to the first-year and upper-level required curriculum, we strongly recommend that you prepare for the rigors of legal practice by enrolling in as many of the "foundational courses" as possible to give you the strongest foundation possible. In addition, you will complete upper-level writing and advocacy requirements to further refine your learning.
Here are a few items to keep in mind with your course planning:
- You will take professional responsibility, evidence, constitutional law II, and civil procedure II as an upper-level student.
- You will complete a scholarly writing course or activity. This may be accomplished by taking a seminar or completing a comment for a law publication.
- You will complete 6 credits of experiential activity. This is an activity or class where you will have a "live" client or a simulation or both.
- Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2015 have a slightly different set of requirements (two writing classes plus an advocacy activity instead of the "experiential requirement.") Please consult with an advisor if you are unsure of your degree requirements.
Scholarly Writing Requirement
The School of Law's upper-level writing requirement may be fulfilled by the completion of a scholarly writing course (seminar) or qualifying journal credit. The scholarly writing requirement must be met by submission of an acceptable law review or journal article or by submission of a research paper which meets the definition set forth in the Advanced Legal Research course description (Subject to variation depending upon the faculty member, student, and topic, it is suggested that the paper format be that of a law review comment with footnotes; that it have a length of not less than 25 pages; and that the process of developing it include the scheduling of discussion and review of written scope notes, outlines, and drafts, as well as the final product) and earns a grade of C or higher in a designated course listed below, or in Advanced Legal Research.
Using Journal Participation to Satisfy Writing Requirement
Students working on the Law Review , Law Forum, Journal of Land and Development and Journal of International Law may satisfy scholarly upper-level writing requirement by completing a note or comment that is found by the editorial board of the publication to be of publishable quality and that is approved by a faculty member as meeting the criteria for the upper-level writing requirement (a minimum of 25 pages, exclusive of footnotes or end notes)
The experiential requirement can be met by earning a C or higher in a minimum of 6 credits in live client experiences OR a minimum of 6 credits from a combination of live client experience (minimum 3 credits) and simulation coursework. Live client experiences include clinic and some externship experiences. Simulation courses include, but are not limited to, designated workshop courses, which are limited enrollment elective courses that build on prior courses and require students to draft documents and complex instruments through the application of substantive knowledge acquired in those prior courses.
Experiential: Live Client Experiences
Live Client Experience Courses Course No. Title Credits LAW 860 Attorney Externship 3 LAW 800A Civil Advocacy Clinic I 6 LAW 800B Civil Advocacy Clinic II 1-4 LAW 800C Community Development Clinic I 6 LAW 800P Community Development Clinic II 1-4 LAW 800D Criminal Practice Clinic 2-6 LAW 800E Disability Law Clinic 3 LAW 800F Family Law Clinic I 6 LAW 800G Family Law Clinic II 1-4 LAW 800K Immigrant Rights Clinic I 6 LAW 800L Immigrant Rights Clinic II 1-4 LAW 800N Innocence Project Clinic 6 LAW 800T Innocence Project Clinic II 1-4 LAW 800Q Juvenile Justice Clinic I 3 LAW 800R Juvenile Justice Clinic II 1-3 LAW 800H Mediation Clinic for Families I 3 LAW 800M Mediation Clinic for Families II 1-4 LAW 800X Pre-Trial Justice Clinic 6 LAW 800I Tax Clinic I 6 LAW 800J Tax Clinic II 1-4 LAW 800V Veterans Advocacy Clinic I 6 LAW 800W Veterans Advocacy Clinic II 1-4
Experiential: Simulation Experiences
(no more than 3 of the 6 credits towards the requirement)
Non-Classroom Credit Activities
Participation in an interscholastic advocacy team (must earn a minimum of 2 credits)
Interscholastic Advocacy Courses Course No. Title Credits Moot Court Teams LAW 564 American Intellectual Property Law 2 Brand Names 2 LAW 546 J. Braxton Craven Memorial 2 LAW 549 Cardozo-BMI Entertainment Law 2 LAW 597 Evans Constitutional Law 2 Frederick Douglass 2 LAW 594 Gabrielli National Family Law 2 LAW 548A Gibbons Criminal Procedure 2 LAW 599A Inter-American Human Rights 2 International Environmental Law 2 LAW 557 Jessup International Law 2 Lefkowitz Brand Names Foundation 2 LAW 569 McGee National Civil Rights 2 LAW 562 National Appellate Advocacy Team 2 National Environmental Law 2 LAW 563 National Moot Court 2 National Telecommunications 2 Taxation 2 LAW 544A Thomas Tang 3 LAW 559 Wagner Labor & Employment Law 2 Mock Trial Court Teams LAW 595 ABA Labor & Employment Law Employment Litigation Student Trial Advocacy Competition 2 LAW 558A National Trial Competition 1-2 LAW 547 NBLSA Thurgood Marshall 2
We invite you to learn more about the courses identified in each of these categories by viewing the course descriptions.