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Degree Requirements and Graduation Checklist for Students Who Began In 2016 or 2017

This checklist is designed as a summary only. For official requirements and details, consult the Student Handbook. A PDF version is also available.

(1) 89 earned credit hours (36 credits in required courses; 53 credits in elective offerings).

(2) Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.1

(3) Required courses

  • Introduction to Law (2 credits)
  • Civil Procedure (4 credits)
  • Constitutional Law I (2 credits)
  • Constitutional Law II (3 credits)
  • Contracts I (3 credits)
  • Contracts II (2 credits)
  • Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • Legal Writing I (2 credits)
  • Legal Writing II (2 credits)
  • Property (4 credits)
  • Torts (4 credits)
  • Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
  • Professional Development (0 credits)

Note:  Some students are also required to take Advanced Analytical Skills and/or Applied Legal Analysis I and II.

(4) Core elective courses

Pick at least 4 out of these 5 core electives.

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Business Organizations (4 credits)
  • Evidence (4 credits)
  • Taxation—Basic Federal Personal Income (3 credits)
  • Trust & Estates (4 credits)

(5) Scholarly Writing Requirement.  Complete prior to entering final semester. More information.

(6) Experiential Learning Requirement.  Complete all three:

  • Lawyering (2 credits).  Taken during 1L January pre-session.
  • Advanced Practice Writing Requirement. Complete prior to entering final semester. List of approved courses.
  • Applied Skills Requirement. Take one of:
    • Any clinic (may also satisfy APWR)
    • Any externship
    • Any practicum
    • Pro Bono Scholars Program
    • Advanced Interviewing and Counseling
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy
    • Deposition Practice
    • Mediation: Representing Clients
    • Negotiation
    • Trial Advocacy

(7) Law School Residency Requirement (students applying for bar admission in New York should also inform themselves of the New York Court of Appeals’ residency rules)

  • Full-time students: 6 semesters of at least 12 credits each
  • Part-time students: 8 semesters of at least 8 credits each
  • Completion of degree within 84 months of enrollment at a law school (60 months for admission in New York)
  • Students transferring divisions must pay special attention to the residency rules.
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