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JD Full-Time Required Curriculum

For the JD degree, students must earn at least 84 units of course credit, including 39 units in required core courses. In the full-time program, required courses are concentrated in the first and second years, and students may take one elective in their first year.

For students who entered prior to fall 2011, a total of 86 units, including 41 units in required courses, are required for graduation.

Students Entering Fall 2011 and Beyond

First–Year Courses Fall Spring
Civil Procedure 4 Units
Torts 4 Units
Criminal Law 3 Units
Criminal Procedure 3 Units
Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis 3 Units 3 Units
Contracts 4 Units
Property 4 Units
Second-Year Courses Fall Spring
Constitutional Law 4 Units
Additional Requirements Must be completed after first year
Upper Level Writing Requirement
Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility 3 Units
Professional Skills Requirement Variable
Evidence 4 Units

 

Students Entering Prior to Fall 2011

First–Year Courses Fall Spring
Civil Procedure 3 Units 2 Units
Contracts 2 Units 3 Units
Criminal Law 3 Units
Criminal Procedure 3 Units
Legal Research, Writing, And Analysis 3 Units 2 Units
Moot Court 1 Unit
Property 4 Units
Torts 4 Units
Second-Year Courses Fall Spring
Constitutional Law 4 Units
Additional Requirements Must be completed after first year
Upper Level Writing Requirement
Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility 3 Units
Professional Skills Requirement* Variable
Evidence 4 Units

*Applies to law entrants as of Fall 2009.