(1) 89 earned credit hours (35 credits in required courses; 54 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 (4 credits)
- Contracts (4 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)
- Legal Research (1 credit)
- Professional Development (0 credits) (2 semesters)
Note: Some students are also required to take Advanced Analytical Skills, Applied Legal Analysis I and II, and/or Advanced Contracts.
(4) Core elective courses
Pick at least 5 out of these 6 core electives:
- Administrative Law (3 credits)
- Business Organizations (4 credits)
- Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3 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 3 components for a total of at least 6 credits:
- 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
- List of approved courses
(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.