The first year of the JD program provides the foundation for life-long learning in law, consisting of a series of compulsory courses.
Students must achieve satisfactory performance (i.e., "C-", or higher, or "CR") in the following courses:
- Law 400: Constitutional Law (5 credits)
- Law 401: Foundations in Law and Justice I (4 credits)
- Law 402: Contracts (5 credits)
- Law 403: Legislation (3 credits)
- Law 404: Property (5 credits)
- Law 405: Foundations in Law and Justice II (4 credits)
- Law 406: Torts (5 credits)
- Law 410: Crime: Law and Procedure (5 credits)
Upon completion of the first year of the JD program, students will have a solid introduction to legal analysis and the integration of doctrine, skills and policy.
The second and third years of the JD program are designed to allow students to continue to increase both their substantive knowledge of the law and to refine their legal skills. The second year includes five compulsory courses. The third year includes one compulsory course. There is one additional mandatory course, Law 509: Business Associations, which may be completed in either second or third year. There are also two additional mandatory elements - an upper-year writing requirement and an international requirement.
Second-year mandatory courses:
- Law 503: Administrative Law (3 credits)
- Law 505: Civil Procedure (3 credits)
- Law 507: Evidence (3 credits)
- Law 510: Ethical Lawyering (3 credits)
- Law 513: Negotiation: Selected Topics (4 credits)
Third-year mandatory course:
- Law 611: Advocacy: Selected Topics (4 credits)
Mandatory floating course requirement:
- Law 509: Business Associations (3 credits)
Additional mandatory components for graduation
Students must achieve satisfactory performance (i.e., "C-", or higher, or "CR") in courses taken to satisfy the following elements, and must submit a Written Declaration to the Office of the Associate Dean attesting to their completion of these elements:
- Upper-year writing requirement
- International requirement
- Theoretical Perspectives Requirement
All full-time upper-year JD students must register for at least 12 credits per term, to a maximum of 18, and for a least 31 credits per year, to a maximum of 36.
Over the second and third year of the program, students must complete at least 62 credit hours.
Credit minimums and maximums may only be exceeded with the prior approval of the Office of the Associate Dean (Academic). That approval is given only in the most exceptional circumstances.
In the Winter term of second year, and in third year, there is considerable opportunity for specialization and the ability to take clinical courses that provide opportunities to develop skills in a practical setting while allowing for academic reflection on practice issues. Most optional courses are open to both second- and third-year students, although some are available only to third-year students. Students should note that many courses have co-requisites and that some courses have pre-requisites. To determine which courses have pre- or co-requisites, please see the complete Course Descriptions document.