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, property, torts, and legal practice, has become an experience shared by most lawyers. The first-year curriculum is presented to four sections of students. One section begins in early summer; the other three sections begin in early fall. The program of study is essentially the same for all sections. Students who began their studies in the fall may choose to take one two-credit elective during the winter term. Students who began in the summer choose from the full array of courses during the winter.
All students must complete the Transnational Law course; fulfill a requirement in professional responsibility; and, after the first year, fulfill an upper-class writing requirement. Apart from this, the upper-class curriculum is entirely elective. 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.