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JD Part-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 part-time program, required courses are concentrated in the first and second years.

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
Criminal Law 3 Units
Torts 4 Units
Contracts 4 Units
Legal Research, Writing, And Analysis 3 Units 3 Units
Second-Year Courses Fall Spring
Constitutional Law 4 Units
Property 4 Units
Criminal Procedure (for students entering Fall 2013) 3 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
Legal Research, Writing, And Analysis 3 Units 2 Units
Moot Court 1 Unit
Torts 2 Units 2 Units
Second-Year Courses Fall Spring
Property 4 Units
Criminal Law 3 Units
Criminal Procedure 3 Units
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.

First-Year Courses Fall Semester Spring Semester
Civil Procedure3 Units 2 Units
Contracts2 Units 3 Units
Criminal Procedure - 3 Units
Legal Research and Writing3 Units 3 Units
Torts2 Units 2 Units
Second-Year Courses Fall Semester Spring Semester
Property 4 Units -
Criminal Law3 Units -
Criminal Procedure - 3 Units
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
Evidence4 Units

* Applies to law entrants as of Fall 2009