The first year curriculum is a pre-set curriculum designed to give incoming law students the conceptual building blocks essential for their professional training. During fall semester students will take three doctrinal courses: Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts. In order to link the concepts learned in these three doctrinal courses, students will take a Practicum course, held in a weekly small group setting with one doctrinal instructor. Balancing these requirements is a contextual course, Comparative and Historical Perspectives on the Law (CHLP). Finally, first-year students will take the first of two writing courses, Elements of Legal Argumentation I.
During spring semester students will take Civil Procedure I, Property I, Introduction to Constitutional Law and Elements of Legal Argumentation II. Students may also take an optional elective during the spring semester.
Beginning in the Fall 2008 semester, the School of Law initiated a Flexible (Flex) Time Program. Students who wanted to be considered for this program made this indication on their law school application.
First-year students enrolled in the Flex Program are required to take 10 credit hours (3-4 classes) per semester. After completion of all of their first year courses, students in the program may request to continue in the Flex Program and take a minimum of eight credit hours per semester. Additionally, students enrolled in the Flex Program are not bound by the "work rules” for those semesters in which they are registered for less than 12 credits. The maximum time for completing a J.D. degree in the Flex Program is five years.
For first-year law students in the Flex Program, curriculum and registration will vary somewhat from the information listed above. Since this is such a small group (fewer than 10 individuals), students will be contacted individually during the summer months pertaining to course scheduling and selection.