Full-Time Required Curriculum

For the JD degree, students who begin their law study Fall 2017 must earn at least 84 units of course credit, including 38 units in required core courses, plus additional program requirements. 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.

Required Courses

First–Year Courses Fall Spring
Civil Procedure 4 Units
Torts 4 Units
Criminal Law 3 Units
Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis 3 Units 3 Units
Contracts 4 Units
Property 4 Units
1L Elective - 3 Units


Upper Division Courses Must be completed after first year
Constitutional Law 4 Units (Fall semester, 2nd year)
Evidence 4 units
Legal Drafting 2 Units
Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility 3 Units
Upper Level Writing Requirement 0

Additional Program Requirements

Bar Subjects: students must take a minimum of 15 units of bar subject courses, which may include Civil Procedure II, Community Property, Contracts II, Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Property II, Remedies, Torts II and Wills & Trusts.
Experiential Learning: students must also take one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least 6 units. An experiential course may be a simulation course, law clinic or externship.