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Prepare to Graduate

To graduate, you must satisfactorily complete a 90-credit course of study. The schedule for first-year students is made up of lockstep courses that students take at predetermined times in a predetermined order. Then, if you are a full-time student, you will take Constitutional Law during your second year, and if you are a part-time student, you will take a mix of lockstep and elective courses during your second year. Your lockstep sequence is described in more detail in the Academic Standards found in the Law School Programs & Policies.

What classes am I required to take? In addition to the required lockstep courses, certain advanced courses must be taken by every student before graduation. While not guaranteed, the following schedule sets out when advanced required courses will generally be offered in the academic year:

Advanced Required Courses Semester/Division Typically Offered
Business Associations I Fall day & evening / Spring day
Criminal Procedure Fall day / Spring day & evening
Wills & Estates Fall day & evening / Spring day
Evidence Fall day / Spring day & evening
Professional Responsibility Fall day / Spring day & evening
LARW III Fall day & evening / Spring day & evening

In addition, students must complete three hours of oral skills coursework and an upper division rigorous writing project. The oral skills requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing coursework focusing on oral skills, which are identified in each term’s registration packet. The rigorous writing project is a research paper of at least 6500 words that is completed as part of either a seminar or one of the school's two law journals.



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