Graduation Requirements

Course Work

In addition to the basic first-year curriculum, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses and other requirements:

  • Constitutional Law I (if not taken in the first year) and II
  • 24 credit hours of core courses
  • Upper division writing requirement
  • Public service requirement
  • Perspective course
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Skills requirement

Core Courses

The law school offers each student a broad exposure to key areas of the law through its core course requirement. Students are required to complete at least 24 hours of "core" courses. These courses include:

  • Administrative Law
  • Federal Income Taxation of Individuals
  • Business Organizations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Issues
  • Criminal Procedure: Judicial Processes
  • Decedents' Estates and Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Evidence
  • Negotiable Instruments
  • Secured Transactions

Perspective Courses

The law school also requires that each student take a Perspective course. The perspective course requirement is intended to ensure students encounter an "outsider" perspective on the American legal system, whether that perspective comes from the past, from abroad, from other academic disciplines, or from non-dominant perspectives within contemporary American society.

The Perspectives courses are approved on a semester-by-semester basis, depending on whether a given course offering meets these criteria.

Upper Division Writing Requirement

The writing requirement is designed to ensure students have the opportunity to engage in a significant research project during their course of legal study.

Public Service Requirement

Students must complete the public service requirement prior to graduation by engaging in at least 30 hours of law-related public service at an approved placement.  Failure to complete the public service hours and submit all required documentation by the published deadline will result in delayed graduation.


Download this checklist to ensure you have met all graduation requirements.

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