Curriculum Description

The School of Law curriculum is challenging and intellectually demanding. It prepares the student to be an effective member of the legal profession, whether as a practicing attorney, member of the judiciary, or other legal professional in government, business, or education. The curriculum includes a writing program in each of the three years of full-time law study or four years of part-time law study, focusing on general legal writing, appellate writing, and advocacy writing. North Carolina Central University School of Law offers every student an opportunity to become thoroughly grounded in the fundamentals of the law. The curriculum does not focus on the legal rules of any particular jurisdiction. As is true for most law schools, instruction is based on national materials and casebooks. Important North Carolina distinctions are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on the development of good legal analytical skills that are useful in any career choice.

Required First-Year Courses – Day Program

First Semester

  • Civil Procedure I
  • Contracts I
  • Property I
  • Torts I
  • Legal Reasoning & Analysis

Second Semester

  • Civil Procedure II
  • Contracts II
  • Property II
  • Torts II
  • Legal Research & Persuasion
  • Criminal Law

Required First-Year Courses – Evening Program

Evening Program required courses are substantially the same as the Day Program. First-year courses are offered in alternate years. An entering Evening student enrolls in four courses which rotate depending on the whether the year ends in an odd or even number.

Even Year

  • Civil Procedure I & II
  • Torts I & II
  • Legal Reasoning & Analysis
  • Legal Research & Persuasive Writing

Odd Year

  • Contracts I & II
  • Property I & II
  • Legal Reasoning & Analysis
  • Legal Research and Persuasive Writing

Required Upper-Level Courses

Day Program

  • Business Associations
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Decedents’ Estates I
  • Evidence
  • Legal Letters
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales and Secured Transactions
  • NC Distinctions*
  • Taxation
  • Writing Seminar

Evening Program

  • Corporations
  • Decedents’ Estates I
  • Evidence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales and Secured Transactions
  • Senior Writing
  • NC Distinctions*
  • Taxation

*A law student may opt out of NC Distinctions with successful completion of: Criminal Procedure, Decedents’ Estates II, Real Estate Finance, and Family Relations.

Strongly Recommended Upper-Level Courses

  • Commercial Paper
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Decedents’ Estates II
  • Family Relations
  • Remedies
  • Trial Practice
  • Agency-Partnership (Evening)

Strongly Suggested Upper-Level Courses

  • Constitutional Law II
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Family Relations
  • Remedies
  • Trial Practice
  • Agency-Partnership (Evening)

NOTE: Courses are required or strongly recommended because the subject areas are necessary for a well-rounded legal education and are covered by most bar examinations. Further, non-continuing semester courses will normally be offered only once during the academic year. A list of course offerings is made available to students well in advance of registration.

Electives

Elective courses are subject to change. From time to time, the School of Law offers courses that draw on the special interests and talents of faculty members and uniquely qualified adjunct professors. Not all electives are offered each year. In the Evening Program, elective course offerings are more limited due to the smaller size of the Evening Program. Electives are generally offered in the summer sessions.