First Year Courses Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • Civil Procedure , JURI: 4010 , Credit Hours: 4
    This course covers the lifecycle of a lawsuit in federal court, including the scope and nature of the federal courts’ constitutional and statutory authority to decide cases.  Topics include statutory and constitutional constraints on judicial power to render an enforceable judgment against a defendant, subject-matter jurisdiction, venue, pleading, joinder, discovery, summary judgment, trial and post-trial motions, and the preclusive effect of final judgments.  The course also touches on choice of law, separation of powers, federalism, forum shopping, and the interpretation of Rules, statutes, and constitutional text.

  • Contracts , JURI: 4030 , Credit Hours: 4
    Contracts provides an introduction to the law of legally enforceable promises under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the common law. Among other topics, the course considers offers and their acceptance; consideration, formalities, and promissory estoppel; the parole evidence rule and the statute of frauds; third-party enforcement; material breach of contract; and damages. Students are expected to be able to explain in writing how these and additional legal issues under the UCC and the common law apply to various complex factual scenarios.

  • Criminal Law , JURI: 4050 , Credit Hours: 3
    The historical development of criminal law as well as the analysis of the necessary elements of crimes and the consideration of the principal classes of crimes.

  • Legal Research I , JURI: 4072 , Credit Hours: 1
    Introduction to sources and strategies for basic legal research including finding cases, statutes, regulations, and secondary authorities. Introduction to sources and strategies for basic legal research.

  • Legal Writing I , JURI: 4071 , Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the process of legal analysis and reasoning and teaches students to produce written documents in the style and format appropriate for the audience and purpose, with an emphasis on objective analysis and writing

  • Legal Writing II , JURI: 4081 , Credit Hours: 2
    Course develops advanced skills of legal analysis and  reasoning within the context of both objective analysis and legal argument. Students will produce written documents in the style and format appropriate for the audience and purpose. Also covered are basic concepts, conventions, and formats for drafting legal documents.

  • Torts , JURI: 4120 , Credit Hours: 4
    Covers intentional torts, which may include battery, assault, and possibly false imprisonment, trespass to land, and others. Certain defenses to intentional tort, such as consent and self defense, may also be covered. The bulk of the course is devoted to the tort of negligence, including the content of the duty of reasonable care, issues bearing on whether the defendant has breached that duty, the requirement that the plaintiff establish a causal connection between the breach and the plaintiff's harm, and proximate cause limits on liability.