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JD Elective Curriculum

Students complete their JD degrees by taking elective courses that allow for specialization and build on practical skills gained through the core curriculum.

Our curriculum includes a rich offering of electives from Accounting for Lawyers to Death Penalty Law to Information Privacy. Some students decide to specialize in a particular area of law by pursuing a certificate or completing an elective cluster.

Browse the elective clusters to the right »

Elective clusters, listed to the right, offer concentrated study for students who wish to pursue particular career objectives or develop specialized skills. Elective clusters are numerous, exploring topics such as advocacy, family law, environmental law, and taxation.

The electives grouped within each of the clusters have common fundamental or conceptual elements, though many of the clusters include a wide range of courses with diverse substantive content and instructional methods. A student interested in gaining some general familiarity with a subject area should consider taking one or more of the basic courses in an elective cluster, while a student intent on concentrating study in the subject area is advised to take all of the basic courses, as well as more advanced coursework. Faculty members are happy to provide advice on the selection and sequencing of courses.