In addition to the J.D., the law school offers the LL.M. and Master of Taxation. Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 9 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.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration), J.D./M.S.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Sports Administration), J.D./M.S.N. (Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Nursing), and J.D./M.T.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Theological Studies).
Students must take 11 to 15 credits in their area of concentration. The Law School offers concentrations in environmental law, family law, labor law, governmental affairs, labor and employment, publicly held companies, small business entities, and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, clinics in general, civil, and criminal litigation are available to students who have qualified as legal interns. Several seminars are offered each year in a variety of subjects. Externships are available through the local, state, and federal courts and through several government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Students may serve as research assistants for law professors or enroll in independent studies. All students must satisfy an upper-class scholarship requirement. Field work may be done through the Externship Programs, as well as the clinics. Special lecture series include the Sullivan Lectures, Wells Conference, and faculty symposia. All students are welcome to participate in the 1L Academic Success Protocol conducted during the first year of instruction in which students are extensively trained in effective exam-taking and legal problem-solving skills. A second-year, 1-credit legal analysis course is available to 2L students. One-on-one academic coaching is available to all students at any time. The Law School’s office of multicultural affairs offers programs for minority students. Special interest group programs include the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, Center for Dispute Resolution, graduate tax and business law programs, and Tobacco Public Policy Center. The most widely taken electives are Business Associations I and II, Payment Systems, and Secured Transactions.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 89 total credits, of which 46 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 I, Constitutional Law I, Contracts I and II, Criminal Law, Legal Writing I and II, Property I and II, and Torts I and II. Required upper-level courses consist of a writing or research requirement, Civil Procedure II, Constitutional Law II, Evidence, Federal Personal Income Tax, Legal Drafting, Perspective Course, and Professional Responsibility. The required orientation program for first-year students is 2 <1/2> days and includes a mock classroom discussion, ethics panels, reading and briefing exercises, and meetings with faculty and peer advisers.
To graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed the upper-division writing requirement, Professional Responsibility, Legal Drafting Practicum, and Perspective requirement.