Lower Division/First Year Courses

Course Name and Description

  • 4 credit(s) At least 1x fall or spring
  • Procedural processes that guide the adjudication of civil actions in American courts. Allocation of judicial power between federal and state courts, focusing on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Fundamental policies underlying particular procedural rules.

  • 3 credit(s) At least 1x fall or spring
  • This course covers (1) Judicial Review in all its aspects, including the Case and Controversy Doctrine, and (2) Structure, that is, Federalism (Federal and State regulatory and taxing powers) and Separation of Powers/Checks and Balances among the branches of the federal government.

  • 5 credit(s) At least 1x fall or spring
  • Legal protection afforded promissory agreements. Contract interpretation; contract formation, including offer and acceptance, mutual assent, and consideration. Parties affected by contracts and remedies for breach of contract.

  • 3 credit(s) At least 1x fall or spring
  • Elements of various crimes and problems of statutory construction and interpretation. Substantive defenses, emphasizing the defense of insanity, as well as attempts and the specific crimes of conspiracy, theft, and homicide.

  • 5 credit(s) At least 1x fall or spring
  • Problems concerning the possession of land and chattels. Methods of acquiring title to personal property, possessory and concurrent estates, and landlord and tenant problems. Historical introduction to real estate, including future interest, real covenants, and easements.

  • 5 credit(s) At least 1x fall or spring
  • Imposition of liability for personal wrongs as viewed by traditional tort law and current alternatives. Historical development and policy basis of liability for various types of injury-producing conduct, including intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.

  • 2 credit(s) At least Every semester
  • Fall Semester: Introduction to basic lawyering skills, including legal analysis, citation, and court hierarchy and application of these skills to complex factual situations in a mock law firm setting. Spring Semester: Continuation of Legal Communications and Research. Skills introduced this semester include legal research, oral argument, and the written presentation of legal arguments in persuasive form.
  • Repeatable

  • 3 credit(s) At least 1x fall or spring
  • This course will cover the essential components of professional responsibility and will focus on professional identity formation.  Utilizing a problem approach that lends itself to simulations and skills development, students will learn how to analyze ethical issues; develop basic interviewing, counseling, and informal advocacy skills; practice collaboration; and reflect on the role of the lawyer and their own professional development. This course meets the Professional Responsibility requirement.