Students must successfully complete the following:
- First Year Courses
- One Ethics Course
- Upper-Level Research and Writing Requirement
- Applied Lawyering / Professional Skills Course
Six Semesters of Full-Time Residency
- Earn at least 86 Credit Hours (67 in LCUs) *
- Earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.00 **
Law Classroom Units or LCUs).
Students who graduate with exactly the required 86 credits must not
take more than 19 outside-the-classroom (non-LCU) credits.
**Based on all courses taken, whether or not credit is earned.
First-year students take three doctrinal courses a semester, plus
Legal Practice and Legal Research Methodologies. Each semester,
first-year students will have one doctrinal course in a small section of
approximately 45 students. Legal Practice and Legal Research
Methodologies are also taught in small groups and in workshop-style
classes by teachers who provide individualized feedback on each
student's research and writing projects. The Negotiation class runs
over Intersession (the week before the Spring Semester starts).
Upper-level students fulfill the remaining 56 credit hours by
tailoring their studies to fit their individual interests. Students may
take a variety of courses to meet the upper-class writing requirement,
ethics requirement, and applied lawyering / professional skills course
requirements. Faculty members and administrators provide guidance about
For a list of current course offerings that fulfill various requirements, consult the university Course Directory (WUCRSL)
For Applied Lawyering / Professional Skills Courses (ALPS) or for Ethics courses, search under Law courses.