The Litigation Law Track is designed to prepare students academically and practically for litigation practice or other careers relating to dispute resolution. This track program is not a clinical program, but is based upon a belief that solid professional competence requires a sound understanding of the theory and institutions underlying dispute resolution. Accordingly, the specialized track courses focus on the processes of dispute resolution and the lawyers' roles from an analytical perspective, as well as on practical advocacy skills. In other words, the track seeks to study both law and what lawyers do.

Approximately 25% of the 89 credits required for graduation must be in required litigation courses. The remaining course work of the track may be chosen from a variety of fields of interest to the student, thereby ensuring students substantial breadth in their professional training.

Litigation Law Track Course Requirements

Required General Law Courses

Course Name Required Time Semester
Intro to LRWA 1st Yr. Fall
Contracts I 1st Yr. Fall
Torts 1st Yr. Fall
Economics for Lawyers 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.

Appellate Writing 2nd Yr. Fall
Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government  2nd Yr. Fall
Legal Drafting 2nd Yr. Spring
Professional Responsibility      Before Graduation Fall/Spring

Required Litigation Law Classes (See Recommended Schedule Below)

Course Name
Criminal Procedure: Investigation
Federal Courts
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Theory
Litigation Law Track Thesis
Pretrial Practice
Conflict of Laws
Statistics for Lawyers

Trial Advocacy or Trial Advocacy for Competitors

Recommended Electives

Though not mandatory, the Track Coordinator recommends that Litigation Track law students take at least two of the recommended procedural electives and at least one of the recommended substantive electives listed below. Courses in italics denote the most important choices in each category.

Procedural Electives

Course Name
Administrative Law
Trial Advocacy: Criminal Procedure

Advanced Trial Advocacy or Advanced Trial Advocacy for Competitors

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Appellate Practice or Appellate Advocacy
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

Substantive Electives

Course Name 
Business Associations
Income Tax
Intellectual Property

General Electives should be taken to reach the remaining credit hours needed to graduate.

Recommended Schedule for the Litigation Law Track

The following schedule is illustrative of the order in which students should take Litigation Law Track courses in order to complete the requirements of the program. The courses listed for each semester in the recommended schedule are guaranteed not to conflict with each other in the semester they are listed. If you deviate from the recommended schedule, however, and take courses at a time other than the recommended time, you may encounter schedule conflicts. 

Some courses might not be offered during the semesters indicated below, so be sure to check with the Records Office for a current schedule of classes.

Scheduling considerations for all students:

  • After the first year, students in the full-time division must maintain a credit load of 10-17 hours per semester, and students in the part-time division must maintain a credit load of 8-12 hours per semester. (See Academic Regulation 3-6.5.)
  • In order to earn a JD, a student must be in residence for a minimum of six semesters. A student is in residence for a semester when he/she earns at least 10 hours of academic credit in a fall or spring semester. (See Academic Regulation 3-5.)
  • All students must complete 89 credit hours to graduate, 74 of which must be "in-class" credit hours and no more than 15 credit hours may be graded "CR". (See Academic Regulation 3-3.1.)

89 credits required to graduate

First Year - Fall First Year - Fall
Intro to LRWA Intro to LRWA
Contracts I Contracts I
Torts Torts
Economics for Lawyers Economics for Lawyers
First Year - Spring First Year - Fall
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
Evidence Property
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Theory Elective
Second Year - Spring Second Year - Spring
Legal Drafting Legal Drafting
Conflict of Laws Criminal Law
Trial Advocacy Electives
Third Year - Fall Third Year - Fall
Litigation Law Track Thesis Evidence
Criminal Procedure: Investigation Litigation & Dispute Resolution Theory
Professional Responsibility Electives
Third Year - Spring Third Year - Spring
Pretrial Practice Conflict of Laws

Statistics for Lawyers

Trial Advocacy
Federal Courts Electives
Fourth Year - Fall
Litigation Law Track Thesis
Criminal Procedure: Investigation
Professional Responsibility
Fourth Year - Spring
Pretrial Practice
Statistics for Lawyers
Federal Courts