Upper-Level Course Design

For a law student considering upper-level course offerings, a course in a substantive area not covered in required courses—for instance, Employment Law or Immigration Law—might have any of several purposes. The student might want to explore the area of law as a possible area of practice or concentration. The student might know that he or she wants to concentrate in this area. The student might want to have a basic knowledge of the subject as along with other subjects. Thus, the curriculum uses two types of course design in addition to traditional 2 or 3-hour electives.  

First, a number of traditional introductory electives are broken down into a one-hour introductory course and a two-hour advanced survey course. Each introductory course will be presented in a half-semester format. The following courses will use the 1+2 format:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Income Tax
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Oil and Gas

Second, to provide advanced coverage within different broad areas, the curriculum includes 1-hour “Topics” courses. Each Topics course is one credit hour and has a unique course number. Each course may be offered multiple times, on multiple subjects (listed below). Students may take multiple Topics courses. Examples of Topics courses might include: Criminal Law Topics (Post-conviction litigation; Juvenile Law); Employment Law Topics (ERISA; Employment Discrimination); Civil Liability Topics (Products Liability; Mass Torts; Business Torts); Family Law Topics (Marital Property and Tracing); Health Care Topics (Bioethics); Public Law Topics (Poverty Law; Non-profit Law; Education Law); Transactional and Business Topics (International Business Transactions); Trial Advocacy Topics (Expert Witnesses; Exhibits)

In addition, courses within the three categories of experiential courses will develop advanced substantive knowledge and skills within areas of practice.

  • Criminal Law Practicum
  • Motions Practicum
  • Business Lawyer Practicum
  • Appellate Advocacy Practicum
  • Energy Practicum
  • Tax Law Practicum
  • Constitutional Law Practicum
  • Disability/Elder Law Practicum
  • Mediation Practicum
  • Criminal Law Practicum


A number of 1, 2, or 3-hour courses will be offered on a rotating basis. Potential courses include:

  • Consumer Law (1 or 2)
  • International Law (2)
  • Law and Technology (1)
  • Advanced Legal Research (1)
  • Advanced Torts
  • Constitutional Law II: Criminal Procedure (3)
  • Federal Criminal Law and Procedure (3)
  • First Amendment (2)

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