Upper-Level Course Design

For a law student considering upper-level course offerings, a course in a substantive area not covered in required courses—for instance, Employment Law or Immigration Law—might serve any of several purposes. The student might want to explore the area of law as a possible area of practice or concentration. The student might know that he or she wants to concentrate in this area. The student might want to have a basic knowledge of the subject as along with other subjects.

To provide advanced coverage within different broad areas, the curriculum includes a variety of 2-hour and 3-hour credit electives and 1-hour “Topics” courses. Each Topics course is one credit hour and has a unique course number. Each course may be offered multiple times, on multiple subjects (listed below). Students may take multiple Topics courses. Examples of Topics courses might include:

  • Criminal Law Topics (Post-conviction litigation; Juvenile Law)
  •  Employment Law Topics (ERISA; Employment Discrimination)
  •  Civil Liability Topics (Products Liability; Mass Torts; Business Torts)
  •  Family Law Topics (Marital Property and Tracing)
  •  Health Care Topics (Bioethics)
  •  Public Law Topics (Poverty Law; Non-profit Law; Education Law)
  •  Transactional and Business Topics (International Business Transactions)
  •  Trial Advocacy Topics (Expert Witnesses; Exhibits)

In addition, courses within the three categories of experiential courses will develop advanced substantive knowledge and skills within areas of practice.

  • Criminal Law Practicum
  • Motions Practicum
  • Business Lawyer Practicum
  • Appellate Advocacy Practicum
  • Energy Practicum
  • Tax Law Practicum
  • Constitutional Law Practicum
  • Disability/Elder Law Practicum
  • Mediation Practicum
  • Criminal Law Practicum

Other Courses

A number of 1, 2, or 3-hour courses will be offered on a rotating basis. Potential courses include:

  • Advanced Legal Research 
  • Advanced Torts
  • Bankruptcy
  • Constitutional Law II: Criminal Procedure
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Criminal Law and Procedure
  • First Amendment
  • Healthcare Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Income Tax
  • International Law
  • Law and Technology
  • Oil and Gas