JD Curriculum, 2012 and Later

89 credits required to graduate

General Law Program

Although George Mason offers a number of structured specialization options, students are not required to specialize in their legal studies.  Many students enter law school without a clearly defined area of interest.  Those students may pursue a general course of study, choosing electives as their interests develop.

JD Course Requirements

All George Mason law students, whether pursuing a specialty track or the General Law Program, are required to satisfactorily complete 89 credit hours for graduation.  Forty credit hours are in general courses; the remaining credit hours are in elective courses.  In addition, students must complete the School of Law’s upper-level writing requirement.  (See Academic Regulation 3-3.3)

Required General Law Courses
Course NameRequired TimeSemester
Traditionally
Offered
Introduction to LRWA 1st Yr. Fall
Contracts I 1st Yr. Fall
Torts 1st Yr. Fall
Economic Foundations 1st Yr. Fall
Property FT: 1st Yr./PT: 2nd Yr. Fall
Trial-Level Writing 1st Yr. Spring
Contracts II 1st Yr. Spring
Civil Procedure 1st Yr. Spring
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
1st Yr. Spring
Criminal Law FT: 1st Yr./PT: 2nd Yr. Spring
Appellate Writing 2nd Yr. Fall
Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government (formerly Constitutional Law I) 2nd Yr. Fall
Legal Drafting 2nd Yr. Spring
Professional Responsibility Before Graduation Fall/Spring

General Electives should be taken to reach the remaining credit hours needed to graduate and to fulfill the School of Law's upper-level writing requirement.

Chart of JD Course Requirements in PDF form.

Scheduling Considerations:

Schedule of Required Courses for the General Law Program 2012 and Later
Full-Time DivisionPart-Time Division
First Year -- Fall First Year -- Fall
Introduction to LRWA Introduction to LRWA
Contracts I Contracts I
Torts Torts
Economic Foundations Economic Foundations
Property  
First Year -- Spring First Year -- Spring
Trial Level Writing Trial Level Writing
Contracts II Contracts II
Civil Procedure Civil Procedure
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
Criminal Law  
Second Year -- Fall Second Year -- Fall
Appellate Writing Appellate Writing
Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government 
Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government 
Electives Property
  Elective
Second Year -- Spring Second Year -- Spring
Legal Drafting Legal Drafting
Electives Criminal Law
  Electives
Third Year -- Fall Third Year -- Fall
Electives Electives
Third Year -- Spring Third Year -- Spring
Electives Electives
  Fourth Year -- Fall
  Electives
  Fourth Year -- Spring
  Electives

Professional Responsibility and the upper-level writing requirement must be completed before graduation.

Schedule for the General Law Program in PDF form.