All first-year students are required to take foundational courses that are essential for their training as lawyers. During the fall semester, students take Civil Procedure, Property, and Torts. During the spring semester, students take Contracts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Legislative Regulation.
First-year students take Lawyering Skills I and II, respectively, in the fall and spring semesters. Each of these two-credit courses introduces students to critical lawyering skills, including legal analysis, predictive and persuasive writing, research, counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy.