Prior to 2012:
Litigation Law Track Curriculum

Prior to 2012 —89 credits required to graduate

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.

Chart of Litigation Law Track Course Requirements in PDF form


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
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
Constitutional Law: The Founding 
(formerly The Founders' Constitution)
1st Yr. Spring
Criminal Law

FT: 1st Yr./PT: 2nd Yr.

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

Required Litigation Law Classes (See Recommended Schedule Below)

Course Name
Criminal Procedure
Federal Courts
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Theory
Litigation Law Track Thesis
Pretrial Practice
Quantitative Forensics

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            
Advanced Criminal Procedure

Advanced Trial Advocacy OR

 Advanced Trial Advocacy for Competitors

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Appellate Practice OR
Appellate Advocacy
Conflict of Laws

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 Sample 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:

Recommended Schedule for Litigation Law Track in PDF form


Prior to 2012-- 89 credits required to graduate 


First Year - Fall First Year - Fall
Intro to LRWA Intro to LRWA
Contracts I Contracts I
Torts Torts
Economic Foundations Economic Foundations
First Year - Spring First Year - Fall
Trial Level Writing Trial Level Writing
Contracts II Contracts II
Civil Procedure Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law: The Founding Constitutional Law: The Founding
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
Proof Criminal Law
Trial Advocacy Electives
Third Year - Fall Third Year - Fall
Litigation Law Track Thesis Evidence
Criminal Procedure Litigation & Dispute Resolution Theory
Professional Responsibility Electives
Third Year - Spring Third Year - Spring
Pretrial Practice Proof

Quantitative Forensics

Trial Advocacy
Federal Courts Electives
Fourth Year - Fall
Litigation Law Track Thesis
Criminal Procedure
Professional Responsibility
Fourth Year - Spring
Pretrial Practice
Quantitative Forensics
Federal Courts