JD Curriculum

89 credits required to graduate

General Law Program

Although Scalia Law 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 Scalia 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 the general law courses listed below; the remaining credit hours are in elective courses.  Students must fulfill the following requirements through elective courses:

Required General Law Courses
Course NameRequired TimeSemester
Introduction to LRWA 1st Yr. Fall
Contracts I 1st Yr. Fall
Torts 1st Yr. Fall
Economics for Lawyers (formerly 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

Chart of JD Course Requirements in PDF form.

Scheduling Considerations:

Schedule of Required Courses for the General Law Program 
Full-Time DivisionPart-Time Division
First Year -- Fall First Year -- Fall
Introduction to LRWA Introduction to LRWA
Contracts I Contracts I
Torts Torts
Economics for Lawyers (formerly Economic Foundations) Economics for Lawyers (formerly Economic Foundations)
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
Second Year -- Spring Second Year -- Spring
Legal Drafting Legal Drafting
Electives Criminal Law
Third Year -- Fall Third Year -- Fall
Electives Electives
Third Year -- Spring Third Year -- Spring
Electives Electives
  Fourth Year -- Fall
  Fourth Year -- Spring

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

Students matriculating in Fall 2016 or later must also fulfill the law school's experiential learning requirement before graduation.

Schedule for the General Law Program in PDF form.