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Upper-Level Requirements

Upper-level students have three required components that must be completed during the course of the second and third years of study.

  1. The Legal Profession course
    The Legal Profession course covers topics of professional responsibility that govern each lawyer’s practice.  It includes subjects such as rules of professional conduct and the values and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.
  2. One seminar course
    A variety of seminar courses are offered each semester, and it is important to note that an Independent Study course does not satisfy the seminar requirement.  One hallmark of seminar courses is their focus on producing a well-written research paper.  This allows students to do a deep-dive into a area that is part of the larger seminar subject matter.
  3. Six credits in experiential courses
    Experiential courses are designed to give students hands-on experience that is directly applicable to the practice of law.  Experiential courses are available in a wide range of subjects.  Some students participate in experiential courses to gain exposure in the area of law interest in which they want to practice, while others use experiential courses as a way to explore which areas of practice might be of interest.

The remaining courses taken during the second and third years are completely at the student’s discretion.  Students are encouraged to work with their faculty and career services advisors as well as their peer and alumni mentors as they consider which classes to take.