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;
  • 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:

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 thirty (30) 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.