Academics

First Year Curriculum and Course Offerings

First Year Curriculum

Full Time Students

Part Time Students

Summer (optional)
Criminal Law (summer or fall, 4 credits)
Total credits: 0 - 4
Summer
Criminal Law (4 credits)
Total credits: 4
Fall
Civil Procedure (4 credits)
Contracts (3 credits)
Criminal Law (summer or fall, 4 credits)
Legal Writing I (2 credits)
Torts (2 credits)
Total credits: 11 - 15
Fall
Civil Procedure (4 credits)
Contracts (3 credits)
Legal Writing I (2 credits)
Torts (2 credits)
Total credits: 11
Spring
Contracts (3 credits)
Introduction to Practice (3 credits)
Legal Writing I (2 credits)
Property (4 credits)
Torts (3 credits)
Total credits: 15
Spring
Contracts (3 credits)
Introduction to Practice (3 credits)
Legal Writing I (2 credits)
Torts (3 credits)
Total credits: 11
Summer
Property (4 credits)
Total credits: 4

Total first year credits: 30

Total first year credits: 30

Required First Year Courses

CIVIL PROCEDURE (Fall: CIVL-100, 4 credits)
Due process, personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, and venue. Pleading, dispositive motion practice, discovery, and other critical aspects of practice under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Parties and the dimensions of a dispute.

CONTRACTS (Fall: CONT-100, 3 credits. Spring: CONT-105, 3 credits)
Enforceable agreements, including requirements for the formation of a contract; problems of interpretation; consideration and its equivalents; damages for breach; the statue of frauds; illegality; rights and liabilities of third parties; delegation of contractual duties.

CRIMINAL LAW (Summer or Fall: CRIM-100, 4 credits)
Substantive criminal law and elements of criminal responsibility. Topics include law of homicide and other crimes; determination of guilt; principles of justification, including the insanity defense.

INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICE (Spring: LPRC-100, 3 credits)
In this course, students will combine the analytical and communication skills they have been learning in their other courses with additional fundamental lawyering skills such as interviewing, problem-solving, collaboration, and reflection. Working together in small firms, students will perform a sequence of lawyering exercises in both transactional and dispute-resolution contexts. In this way, the course will introduce students to the habits, methods, and ethical dimensions of law practice. This course is intended to provide an introduction to the range of lawyering skills that students will be able to refine across the rest of their law school careers, through simulation courses, labs, clinics, and externships. This course provides students with three credits of experiential learning.

LEGAL WRITING I: RESEARCH, ANALYSIS AND WRITING (Fall: WRIT-100, 2 credits. Spring: WRIT-105, 2 credits)
Intensive, small-group instruction in the basics of legal research, reading, analysis, and writing. To locate and read statutes and cases construct factual and policy arguments, analyze and synthesize cases, and write effective legal memos and client letters.

PROPERTY (Spring: PROP-100, 4 credits)
Law of real and personal property, emphasizing real estate. Creation and transfer of property interest; relationship between landlord and tenant; public and private controls of land use; common law estates and future interests.

TORTS (Fall: TORT-100, 2 credits. Spring: TORT-105, 3 credits) or (Summer: TORT-100, 5 credits)
Nature, historical development, social and economic elements, and consequences of the body of law defining noncontractual civil obligations by which the legal system shifts the economic burden of various injuries. Study of liability for physical harm, defamation, and other relational harm.

Prior to Fall 2014

During the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years students took one elective class during the spring of their first year. Starting in 2014-15 Introduction to Practice replaces the elective course. Course descriptions for the elective courses can be found here.

Information on the first year curriculum prior to Fall 2012 can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.