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The School of Law provides a rich range of classes in both the day and evening divisions, which will fulfill the 87 credits you will need to graduate.

In addition to the first-year and upper-level required curriculum, we strongly recommend that you prepare for the rigors of legal practice by enrolling in as many of the "foundational courses" as possible to give you the strongest foundation possible. In addition, you will complete upper-level writing and advocacy requirements to further refine your learning.

Here are a few items to keep in mind with your course planning:

To assist you with your planning, please use this  chart and  contact us  if you have questions.

    • You will take professional responsibility, evidence, constitutional law II, and civil procedure II as an upper-level student.
    • You will complete a scholarly writing course or activity. This may be accomplished by taking a seminar or completing a comment for a law publication.
    • You will complete 6 credits of experiential activity. This is an activity or class where you will have a "live" client or a simulation or both.
    • Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2015 have a slightly different set of requirements (two writing classes plus an advocacy activity instead of the "experiential requirement.") Please consult with an advisor if you are unsure of your degree requirements.
  • Scholarly Writing Requirement

    The School of Law's upper-level writing requirement may be fulfilled by the completion of a scholarly writing course (seminar) or qualifying journal credit. The scholarly writing requirement must be met by submission of an acceptable law review or journal article or by submission of a research paper which meets the definition set forth in the Advanced Legal Research course description (Subject to variation depending upon the faculty member, student, and topic, it is suggested that the paper format be that of a law review comment with footnotes; that it have a length of not less than 25 pages; and that the process of developing it include the scheduling of discussion and review of written scope notes, outlines, and drafts, as well as the final product) and earns a grade of C or higher in a designated course listed below, or in Advanced Legal Research.

    Advanced Business Organizations Seminar Issues in Law Enforcement Seminar
    American Legal History Seminar Law and Disabilities Seminar
    Animal Law Seminar Law and Religion Seminar
    Capital Punishment & the Constitution Seminar Law and Social Reform Seminar
    Civil Liberties Seminar Local Economic Development Seminar
    Coastal Law Seminar Mediating Family Disputes: Theory & Practice Seminar
    Contemporary Legal Issues: Perspectives 
    on Sexual Orientation and the Law Seminar
    Military Law Seminar
    Cyberspace Law Seminar Patent, Copyright and Trademark Seminar
    Election Law Seminar Race and the Law Seminar
    Environmental and Toxic Torts Seminar Recent Supreme Court Decisions Seminar
    European Community Law Seminar Rights of Crime Victims Seminar
    Gender and the Law Seminar Sentencing & Plea Bargaining Seminar
    Government Contracting Seminar Special Topics in Law: Seminar
    Historic Preservation Law Seminar Supreme Court Seminar
    International Environmental Law Tax Policy Seminar
    International Human Rights Seminar Wetlands Law Seminar
  • Using Journal Participation to Satisfy Writing Requirement

    Students working on the  Law Review , Law Forum, Journal of Land and Development and Journal of International Law   may satisfy scholarly upper-level writing requirement by completing a note or comment that is found by the editorial board of the publication to be of publishable quality and that is approved by a faculty member as meeting the criteria for the upper-level writing requirement (a minimum of 25 pages, exclusive of footnotes or end notes)

  • Experiental Requirement

    The experiential requirement can be met by earning a C or higher in a minimum of 6 credits in live client experiences  OR  a minimum of 6 credits from a combination of live client experience (minimum 3 credits) and simulation coursework. Live client experiences include clinic and some externship experiences. Simulation courses include, but are not limited to, designated workshop courses, which are limited enrollment elective courses that build on prior courses and require students to draft documents and complex instruments through the application of substantive knowledge acquired in those prior courses.

  • Experiential: Live Client Experiences

    Attorney Externship Innocence Project Clinic
    Civil Advocacy Clinic I Innocence Project Clinic II
    Civil Advocacy Clinic II Juvenile Justice Clinic I
    Community Development Clinic I Juvenile Justice Clinic II
    Community Development Clinic II Mediation Clinic for Families I
    Criminal Practice Clinic Mediation Clinic for Families II
    Disability Law Clinic Pre-Trial Justice Clinic
    Family Law Clinic I Tax Clinic I
    Family Law Clinic II Tax Clinic II
    Immigrant Rights Clinic I Veterans Advocacy Clinic I
    Immigrant Rights Clinic II Veterans Advocacy Clinic II
  • Experiential: Simulation Experiences

    (no more than 3 of the 6 credits towards the requirement)

    Advanced Trial Advocacy Interviewing, Negotiation and Counseling
    Banking Law Workshop Legal Research Workshop
    Bench Trial Advocacy Legislation Workshop
    Business Planning Workshop Litigation Process
    CFCC Student Fellows Program I Mediating Family Disputes: Theory and Practice
    CFCC Student Fellows Program II Mediation Skills
    CICL Student Fellows I MSBA-UB Business Law Fellowship Program
    CICL Student Fellows II Planning for Families & Seniors Workshop
    Commercial Real Estate Workshop Professional Sports Workshop
    Dispute Resolution Workshop Residential Real Estate Workshop
    Electronic Evidence & Discovery Workshop Supreme Court Workshop
    Entertainment Law Workshop Tax Research & Writing Workshop
    Estate Planning Workshop (JD) Transactional Skills Workshop
    Family Law Workshop Trial Advocacy
  • Non-Classroom Credit Activities

    Participation in an interscholastic advocacy team (must earn a minimum of 2 credits) 

    Moot Court Teams
    American Intellectual Property Law Jessup International Law
    Brand Names Lefkowitz Brand Names Foundation
    Braxton Craven Memorial McGee National Civil Rights
    Cardozo-BMI Entertainment Law National Appellate Advocacy Team
    Evans Constitutional Law National Environmental Law
    Frederick Douglass National Moot Court
    Gabrielli National Family Law National Telecommunications
    Gibbons Criminal Procedure Taxation
    Inter-American Human Rights Thomas Tang
    International Environmental Law Wagner Labor & Employment Law
    Mock Trial Court Teams
    ABA Labor & Employment Law
    Employment Litigation Student Trial 
    Advocacy Competition
    NBLSA Thurgood Marshall
    National Trial Competition

    We invite you to learn more about the courses identified in each of these categories by viewing the course descriptions.