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 84 credit hours for graduation. Forty-five of those credit hours are in general courses; thirty-nine credit hours are in elective courses. In addition, students must complete the School of Law's writing requirement.

All students must take the following required courses during their tenure at George Mason University School of Law:

Required Courses  Credit Hours
Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I  2
Contracts I  3
Property 4
Civil Procedure  4
Torts I 3
Economic Foundations of Legal Studies  3
Legal Research, Writing and Analysis II  2
Torts II 3
Contracts II  3
Criminal Law 3
Appellate Writing 2
Constitutional Law  4
Legal Drafting 2
Administrative Law 3
Professional Responsibility 2
Constitutional Law II* 2

* Note: Constitutional Law II is a requirement for students who entered law school in Fall 2003. This means that it is first required in Spring 2005.

Schedule of Required Courses for the General Law Program

First Year - Fall   First Year - Fall  
       
DAY DIVISION   EVENING DIVISION  
Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I  2 Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I  2
Torts I 3 Torts I 3
Contracts I 3 Contracts I 3
Property 4 Economic Foundations of Legal Studies  3
Economic Foundations of Legal Studies  3 Total 11
Total 15    
       
       
First Year - Spring   First Year - Spring  
Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis II 2 Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis II 2
Torts II 3 Torts II 3
Contracts II 3 Contracts II 3
Civil Procedure 4 Civil Procedure 4
Criminal Law 3  Total 12
 Total 15    
       
       
Second Year - Fall   Second Year - Fall  
Appellate Writing 2 Appellate Writing 2
Constitutional Law 4 Constitutional Law 4
Electives 6-9  Property 4
  12-15   10
       
Second Year - Spring   Second Year - Spring  
Legal Drafting 2 Legal Drafting 2
Administrative Law 3 Administrative Law 3
Constitutional Law II* 2 Constitutional Law II* 2
Electives 5-8 Criminal Law 3
Total 12-15 (Electives) 0-2
       
    Total 10-12
       
Total Hours: 84 Total Hours: 84

* Note: Constitutional Law II is a requirement for students who entered law school in Fall 2003. This means that it is first required in Spring 2005.