In addition to the J.D., the law school offers the LL.M. Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 12 credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./LL.M (Juris Doctor/Master of Laws in taxation), J.D./M.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in international relations, philosophy), J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration in health care), J.D./M.P.H. (Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health), J.D./M.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in mass communication), and J.D./M.S.W. (Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work).
The School of Law offers concentrations in corporate law, international law, litigation, health law, and intellectual property. In addition, clinics for upper-level students include Legislative Services, Criminal Trial Advocacy, and Civil Litigation Clinic. Credit varies from 3 to 8 hours. More than 60 seminars for varying credit are open to upper-level students. A judicial internship is worth 3 credits and a variety of externships, geared toward individual student interest, is offered for 6 credits. Independent study with a faculty member (supervised research and writing) is offered to upper-level students for 1 to 3 credits. Special lecture series include the Distinguished Speaker Series, Shapiro Lecture, Legal History Lectures, Intellectual Property Speaker Series, Law and Economics seminar, Faculty Workshops, and Faculty Brown Bag lunch talks. The school offers 8 overseas study programs: in Lyon, France; Paris; Oxford, England; Tel Aviv, Israel; Leiden, the Netherlands; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; and Hong Kong. The Assistant Dean of Students coordinates a Voluntary Academic Support Program for first-year students whose first-semester grades indicate that they need assistance. The program is offered in the second semester of the first year for no credit. The classes focus on outlining and exam-taking skills. The law school has an Academic Support Program for second- and third-year students whose GPA ranges from 2.0 to 2.7. In addition, the Assistant Dean of Students Office, together with minority student organizations, sponsors an orientation program for incoming minority students. Minority law student organizations include APALSA (Asian-Pacific American students); BLSA (Black students); LALSA (Latin American students); SALSA (South Asian American students), and OUTLAW (gay, lesbian, and transgender students). A Student Organization Activities Fair, sponsored by the Student Bar Association, introduces students to school organizations and groups. A formal lecture series and other lectures arranged by faculty student organizations, or through a research center, are given regularly by well-known outside speakers throughout the academic year. The most widely taken electives are Corporations, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 84 total credits, of which 33 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Writing and Research, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Professional Responsibility. All students choose from voluntary clinical programs that include a Legal Externship program, Legislative Services, Criminal Trial Advocacy, judicial internships, Legal Aid, and Student Defenders and Prosecutors.The required orientation program for first-year students is a day and one-half program including building tours, panel discussions, faculty talks, and social events.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.3, have completed the upper-division writing requirement, and have researched and written a major paper on a topic of their choice. The paper is faculty supervised and evaluated.