Juris Doctor

Full-Time JD Program 

This program is designed for those students who are able to devote substantially all of their time to the study of law. Classes generally are taken during the day, but students may choose to enroll in evening elective courses during their second and third years, if space is available. The first year curriculum is entirely prescribed. The second year curriculum consists of core electives and general electives. Students must take at least four of the core electives as described below  (see Academic Regulations, section I.B. and I.C, Requirements for Graduation). In addition, prior to graduation, a student must take the course in Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility, satisfy the Professional Skills Requirement (for students matriculating before Fall 2016) or the Experiential Learning Requirement (for students matriculating Fall 2016 or later), and satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

Summer Session

One seven-week session is offered each summer. Summer courses are taught in the late afternoon or evening and are open to all students. Under some circumstances, a full-time or part-time student may accelerate graduation by attending summer sessions.

Gateway to Practice Program

All first-year students will participate in this two-day workshop in law and lawyering, presented as an intrinsic part of the first-year curriculum, just before the start of the spring semester classes. Students are assigned to “law firms” as junior associates and work with practitioners who serve as partners, conducting a variety of tasks in simulated cases for mock clients. This program is designed as a “gateway to practice” and is intended to provide several benefits:

  • Foundation: First-year students learn the basics of law and legal analysis; the program helps students understand how lawyers use these bedrock skills in the everyday practice of law.
  • Balance: Students supplement their classroom experience with activities ordinarily not part of the first-year curriculum, including deriving facts from a client interview, brainstorming strategies with law firm colleagues, explaining options to clients, and engaging clients in decision-making.
  • Context: The program integrates transactional lawyering and litigation, and helps students to understand better the relationship between legal theory and practice.
  • Group work and collaboration: Students work in teams to strategize and solve problems.
  • Immediate Preparation: The program helps students prepare for summer employment and gives them a start in developing networking skills.

Full-Time Juris Doctor Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
LAWS 101 Civil Procedure I 3
LAWS 103 Contracts I 3
LAWS 107 Torts 4
LAWS 111 Legal Skills I 2
LAWS 113 Criminal Law 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
LAWS 102 Civil Procedure II 2
LAWS 104 Contracts II 3
LAWS 105 Property 4
LAWS 110 Constitutional Law 4
LAWS 112 Legal Skills II 2
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
A combination of core and general electives 1 12-17
 Credits12-17
Spring Semester
A combination of core and general electives 1 12-17
 Credits12-17
 Total Credits54-64

Concentrations

There are eight optional concentrations offered within the juris doctor degree program.