First-Year Curriculum

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, Contracts, and Torts. During the spring semester, students take Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Legislation & Regulation, and Property.

First-year students take Lawyering Skills I and II, respectively, in the fall and spring semesters. Each of these courses introduces students to critical lawyering skills, including legal analysis, predictive and persuasive writing, research, counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy.

First-Year Required Courses (31 semester hours)

  • LAWR515 Civil Procedure

    Semester hours: 4

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    Description

    Introduction, with emphasis on federal law, to rules governing jurisdiction, venue, service of process, pleadings, joinder, discovery, summary adjudication, trial, judgments, direct and collateral attack on judgments, appellate procedure, and choice of law in civil litigation.

    Prerequisites

    This course requires special approval for registration; contact the professor for details.

  • LAWR503 Constitutional Law

    Semester hours: 4

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    Description

    An introduction to the law of the United States Constitution and to the legal dynamics of constitutional drafting and interpreting. Separation of powers, federalism, economic and social regulation, privileges, and immunities of U.S. citizenship, and the federal civil rights to equal protection and due process are examined from doctrinal and historical perspectives.

    Prerequisites

    This course requires special approval for registration; contact the professor for details.

  • LAWR513 Contracts

    Semester hours: 4

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    Description

    Basic elements of contract law. Stress on the agreement process, i.e., offer and acceptance, consideration, and substitutes for consideration. Avoidance of contractual obligations, conditions, performance, and breach of contracts are examined, as are discharge of contractual duties and remedies. Third-party beneficiaries, assignments, and illegal contracts may be examined. The Uniform Commercial Code and the Restatement are emphasized throughout.

    Prerequisites

    This course requires special approval for registration; contact the professor for details.

  • LAWR506 Criminal Law

    Semester hours: 3

    Units:

    Description

    Sources of criminal law; constitutional limitations on power to create and define crimes; elements of crimes; conduct, mental state, causation; specific offenses, including homicides, sex offenses, larceny and other property offenses; defenses of mistakes, infancy, compulsion, intoxication, insanity; attempt; solicitation; conspiracy; accessoryship.

    Prerequisites

    This course requires special approval for registration; contact the professor for details.

  • LAWR517 Legal Analysis and Writing I
  • LAWR518 Legal Analysis and Writing II
  • LAWR520 Legal Research I
  • LAWR521 Legal Research II
  • LAWR519 Legislation and Regulation

    Semester hours: 3

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    Description

    Legislation and Regulation provides an introduction to public lawmaking in the modern administrative state. It examines the way Congress and administrative agencies adopt binding rules of law (statutes and regulations, respectively) and the way implementing institutions--courts and administrative agencies--interpret and apply these laws. It considers, in particular, the justifications for modern regulation, the structure of the modern administrative state, the incentives that influence the behavior of the various actors, and the legal rules that help to structure the relationships among Congress, the agencies, and the courts.

    Prerequisites

    This course requires special approval for registration; contact the professor for details.

  • LAWR516 Property

    Semester hours: 4

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    Description

    Introduction to property laws, with emphasis on the concepts of title and possession of personal and real property; finders and bailments; rights and remedies of the possessor; donative transactions; rights of the bona fide purchaser; historical background of real property law; estates in land; concurrent ownership; conveyancing and future interests after the Statute of Uses; Statute of Frauds; contracts, deeds, and mortgages in the sale of land; recordation and title examination; covenants, easements, and licenses in the use of land.

    Prerequisites

    This course requires special approval for registration; contact the professor for details.

  • LAWR514 Torts

    Semester hours: 4

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    Description

    Liability for personal injuries and injuries to property. Includes analysis of various intentional tort theories, the concepts of negligence and strict liability, and the privileges and defenses which may apply to actions brought in tort. May include treatment of one or more special or emerging areas such as product liability, misrepresentation, privacy, defamation, misuse of legal procedures, or interference with advantageous relationships.

    Prerequisites

    This course requires special approval for registration; contact the professor for details.