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Academic Information

Most of the coursework for the first year is required. The study of this traditional material, which includes civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, torts, and legal practice, has become an experience shared by most lawyers. The first-year curriculum is presented to four sections of students. The program of study is essentially the same for all sections. First-year students will be able to choose a 3-4 credit elective to take in the Winter semester.

All students who matriculated in or after May 2016 must complete at least one course with a rigorous writing component, one international or comparative law course, one statutory or regulatory course, one course in professional responsibility, and at least two credit hours of experiential learning. The Law School offers a wide range of advanced courses and seminars in traditional areas such as international law, criminal law, and corporate and commercial law. In addition, many of the Law School’s curricular offerings reflect contemporary changes in the ways lawyers and scholars think about the law. The curriculum also reflects the evolving interests of our faculty, who are committed to exploring with students some of the most challenging and exciting areas of legal study and practice.

To get a good overview of the curriculum, see the Curriculum Interest Areas Web page.