First Year Courses – Fall Start

(Course Name | Credit Hours)

CIVIL PROCEDURE I – 7031 – (2)

An introduction to the principles of subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, proper venue, removal and transfer.


Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I
A survey of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as they apply to pleadings, motions, practice, joinder of claims and parties, and discovery.

CONTRACTS I – 7010 – (3)

An introduction to contract formation including offer, acceptance and consideration, contract formalities including the Statute of Frauds, the parol evidence rule and implied obligations.

CONTRACTS II – 7111 – (2)

Prerequisite: Contracts I
An examination of contract interpretation; performance of the contract, conditions and breach; avoidance of the contract, including the defenses of frustration of purpose, impracticability, impossibility, incapacity, duress, undue influence, mistake, misrepresentation and unconscionability; and remedies.

CRIMINAL LAW – 7080 – (3)

A survey of the substantive criminal law, emphasizing elements of criminal culpability including defenses, constitutional limitations on declaring certain conduct criminal, and the purposes of punishment.


There are several important skills that every law student must develop and master for success in law school and beyond. Those skills are critical thinking, critical reading, critical listening, writing, case briefing, effective studying, organization and self-management (including time management and self-analysis and assessment.) This course will allow first year law students to increase these skills and it will also seek to increase the students’ ability to engage in the classroom, to succeed on exams and to increase their ability to pass the bar.


Students are introduced to the basics of legal reasoning, analysis and writing, such as preparation of case briefs, issue identification, identification of key facts, analogy, distinction, case synthesis, and statutory construction. The course concludes with a closed-research, objective memorandum of law.


Prerequisite: Legal Reasoning and Analysis
This course will teach students the fundamentals of legal research and citation form and will provide advanced instruction in legal reasoning and analysis. The course identifies and describes the primary sources of law and relevant finding tools in print and electronic format. Students receive instruction on the research strategies necessary to find and update the law. Students prepare a research outline and an open-research, persuasive memorandum of law.

PROPERTY I – 7050 – (3)

An introduction to private real and personal property rights and estates in land. Subjects covered may include the law of finders and other possessors, bailments, adverse possession, and present, future, and concurrent estates in land.

PROPERTY II – 7051 – (2)

Prerequisite: Property I
Subjects typically covered include landlord and tenant law, covenants and easements, and conveyancing.

TORTS I – 7040 – (3)

An introduction to the principles of tort liability for intentional and negligently caused injuries to persons and property. Subjects covered typically include assault, battery, false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, and trespass and defenses to liability, including consent.

TORTS II – 7041 – (2)

Prerequisite: Torts I
An examination of defenses to liability based on negligence, including contributory negligence, assumption of risk, and statutes of limitation. Coverage also includes releases and covenants not to sue, vicarious liability, wrongful death actions, negligent infliction of emotional distress, nuisance, misrepresentation, strict liability, and products liability.