Required Courses

Students must successfully complete the below listed courses and other requirements to be eligible for the J.D. Degree:

First-Year courses:

  • Contracts I & II;
  • Property I & II;
  • Torts I & II;
  • Legal Research, Analysis and Writing I & II;
  • Civil Procedure I & II; and,
  • Academic Skills.

Upper-Level courses:

  • Bar Preparation Course [see notes below];
  • Business Associations or Business Organizations;
  • Constitutional Law I & II;
  • Criminal Law;
  • Criminal Procedure;
  • Evidence;
  • Professional Responsibility;
  • Sales;
  • Secured Transactions;
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates; and
  • Legal Skills.

Other course requirements:

The registration material for each semester or session will designate courses which satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Skills Requirement, and the Drafting Requirement.  Each of these requirements is separate from one another and must be satisfied by separate courses.

Proficiency Requirement for Students who entered in June 2019 and thereafter:

Students who fail to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the below-listed courses shall be required to take a remedial online course in that subject or subjects. “Adequate proficiency” is defined as earning a grade of C+ or higher. Proficiency for full-year courses will be determined by averaging grades for both semesters of the course. Students who have earned a C+ or higher in these courses may choose to take the remedial online course as well.

    • First-Year Courses
      • Contracts I & II;
      • Property I & II;
      • Torts I & II;
      • Civil Procedure I & II.
    • Upper-Level Courses
      • Constitutional Law I & II;
      • Criminal Law;
      • Criminal Procedure;
      • Evidence.

 

Bar Preparation Course Requirement

  • For Students Matriculating on or after August 2017

Students are required to successfully complete the Bar Preparation Course prior to graduation. Full-time students receiving the distinction of Presidential Scholar after successfully completing twenty-seven credit hours or part-time students receiving the distinction of Presidential Scholar after the successful completion of three (3) semesters are exempt from this requirement.

  • For Students Matriculating prior to August 2017

For students who fall into the two categories deemed statistically “at-risk” for bar passage, the Bar Preparation Course is required.  The two categories are:  (1) LSAT score below 148 and (2) 1L GPA below 2.4.

 

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