Required Lockstep and Upper-Level Courses

Students studying at Texas A&M School of LawYou are required to take certain courses to graduate. These courses give you a solid foundation in the law and help prepare you for the bar exam.

Required Lockstep Courses

You must complete the following required lockstep courses. For the prescribed sequence of lockstep courses for the full-time and part-time programs, see the Student Handbook.

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I
  • Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II
  • Legislation & Regulation
  • Property
  • Torts

Required Upper-Level Courses

In addition to the lockstep courses, certain upper-level courses are required. The following schedule sets out when required upper-level courses will generally be offered in the academic year (although this schedule is not guaranteed every semester).

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

Additionally, you must complete three hours of oral skills coursework and an upper-level rigorous writing project. The oral skills requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing courses focusing on oral skills, which are identified in each semester’s course registration packet. The rigorous writing project is a research paper of at least 6,500 words that is completed as part of either a seminar or your participation on one of the school’s two law journals.