Curriculum

LMU student professorAt LMU Law, we aim to prepare students for the broadest range of traditional and non-traditional career paths. We are also committed to producing graduates who can help their clients and communities address a variety of problems that may intersect the legal system. Our highly structured program is complemented by internships, externships, pro bono requirements and other student-centered activities that promise to enrich the law school experience and produce well-rounded lawyers who remain mindful of their leadership position within society.

At LMU Law, you will be more than just a student. You will be invited to embark on an experience that will prepare you for a career that is both successful and fulfilling. The curriculum aims to help students become excellent, responsible and ethical lawyers capable of meeting the demands of an increasingly complex legal system. Our curriculum offers an optimal mix of traditional legal education innovative teaching methods that will help students develop their knowledge of substantive law as well as their abilities in critical thinking and problem-solving.

Program Details

Students enrolled in LMU Law’s J.D. Program must successfully complete 88 semester hours. The first-year curriculum is designed to give students broad foundational teaching in core features of America’s legal system. Upper-level courses build on these core teaching areas and include a mix of doctrinal and skills-based courses. Students may complete their degree requirements on a full-time or part-time basis. Changing to from full-time to part-time status (or vice versa) is possible, subject to academic qualification and administrative approval. Both streams follow a prescribed course schedule. Certain required and elective courses may also be offered during the summer term. No student may enroll in coursework that, if successfully completed, would exceed 17 credit hours during any academic term.

Full-Time Program

The three-year, full time program is reserved for students who can devote most of their time to program participation. LMU Law defines a “full-time student” as a student enrolled in more than 12 credit hours during an academic term. Full-time students may not be employed until the completion of their first-year required courses, and, after completion of said courses, full-time students shall not be employed more than 20 hours per week.

Year 1
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts I 3 Contracts II 3
Property I 3 Property II 3
Torts I 3 Torts II 3
Lawyering Skills I 3 Lawyering Skills II 3
Academic Success Program I NC Academic Success Program II* NC
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.320 or below and elective for all other students.
Year 2
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Criminal Law 3 Evidence 3
Business Organizations 3 Criminal Procedure 3
Lawyering Skills III 3 Commercial Transactions 3
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Constitutional Law 4
Domestic Relations 3 Professional Responsibility 2
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.000 and elective for all other students.
Year 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Lawyering Skills IV 3 Secured Transactions 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 2 Elective 2
Conflict of Laws 2 Bar Examination Skills 3
Elective** 3 Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.
**Students whose degree requires eighty-eight (88) credit hours do not need this course, unlike those requiring ninety (90) credit hours.

Part-Time Program

The part-time program is designed for mid-career students who wish to pursue a legal education while maintaining full-time employment. Part-time students are expected to complete all program requirements within four or five years.

Part-time students typically take between 9 and 12 semester hours in any given semester. Part time enrollees may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours. A violation of this policy will be considered a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity and could result in a student being sanctioned, including the possibility of expulsion from the School of Law.

Year 1
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Torts I 3 Torts II 3
Lawyering Skills I 3 Lawyering Skills II 3
Academic Success Program I NC Elective*

Academic Success Program II**

 

2

NC

 

Total Hours 9 Total Hours 11
* Students whose degree requires eighty-eight (88) credit hours do not need this course, unlike
those requiring ninety (90) credit hours.
**Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.320 or below and elective for all other
students.
Year 2
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Contracts I 3 Contracts II 3
Property I 3 Property II 3
Criminal Law 3 Evidence 3
Lawyering Skills III 3 Criminal Procedure 3
Academic Intervention Directed Study * NC Academic Intervention Directed Study * NC
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.000 and elective for all other students.
Year 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Domestic Relations 3 Constitutional Law 4
Elective 3 Professional Responsibility 2
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Commercial Transactions 3
Business Organizations 3 Elective 3
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
*Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.000 and elective for all other students.
Year 4
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Conflict of Laws 2 Elective 3
Lawyering Skills IV 3 Bar Examination Skills* 3
Elective 3 Secured Transactions 3
Elective 3 Elective 2
Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC Academic Intervention Directed Study* NC
Total Hours 11 Total Hours 11
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.

Grading Policy

LMU Law grades full-time and part-time students using the traditional four-point system. (For example, a D converts to one point and an A to four points.) Students in both full and part time streams must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. In certain courses, grade curves are administered in accordance with the law school’s grading policy.

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