Curriculum

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LMU Law prepares students for a broad range of traditional and non-traditional career paths. We are committed to producing alumni who can help their clients and communities address problems that intersect with the legal system. Our highly structured program is complemented by externships and internships, pro bono requirements, professionalism events, and other student-centered activities that enrich the law school experience and produce well-rounded lawyers who are 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. Our curriculum aims to help students become skilled, 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 and innovative teaching methods that helps 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 90 credit hours. The program of legal education includes 67 credit hours of required courses and 23 hours of elective courses. The elective offerings include three categories of courses: (1) traditional doctrinal subjects such as Employment Law, Federal Income Tax, Immigration Law, and Intellectual Property; (2) courses to fulfill the upper-level writing requirement, such as Human Trafficking, Federal Criminal Law, and First Amendment; and (3) courses to fulfill the six-credit experiential learning requirement, which take the form of either simulation classes like Trial Advocacy, Negotiation, and Law Office Management or the Externship course, in which students obtain substantial lawyering experience under the supervision of a practicing attorney in the field.

Students may complete their degree requirements on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Changing from full-time to part-time status (or vice versa) is possible, subject to academic qualification and administrative approval. Both courses of study follow a prescribed schedule. Certain required and elective courses may also be offered during the summer term. No student may enroll in coursework during any academic term that, if successfully completed, would exceed 18 credit hours.

Full-Time Program

LMU offers a traditional three-year, full-time J.D. program that averages 15 credit hours per semester.

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Contracts & Sales I 3 Contracts & Sales II 3
Legal Communication I 2 Legal Communication II 2
Legal Foundations I NC Legal Foundations II* NC
Legal Research I 1 Legal Research II 1
Property I 3 Property II 3
Torts I 3 Torts II 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.320 or below and elective for all other students.

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Criminal Law 3 Business Organizations 3
Domestic Relations 3 Constitutional Law 4
Evidence 3 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3
Legal Communication III 2 Professional Responsibility 2
Legal Research III 1 Elective 3
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Advanced Individual Academic Support* NC
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Multistate Essay Exam Skills I 3 Multistate Bar Examination Skills 4
Secured Transactions 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15

Part-Time and Part-Time Flex Programs

Our part-time programs are designed for mid-career students who wish to pursue a legal education while maintaining full-time or part-time employment and/or attending to significant family obligations. Part-time students are expected to complete all program requirements within four years. Ideally, part-time flex program students will complete the program of legal education within five or six years. The course of study for the J.D. program must be completed within 84 months (seven years), in accordance with ABA Standard 311(b).

Part-time students typically take between 9 and 12 semester hours in any given semester. Part-time flex program students must take at least six credit hours in the first two semesters and work with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to arrange an appropriate schedule that ensures completion of the program of legal education in the prescribed period.

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Civil Procedure I 3 Civil Procedure II 3
Legal Communication I 2 Legal Communication II 2
Legal Foundations I NC Legal Foundations II* NC
Legal Research I 1 Legal Research II 1
Torts I  3 Torts II 3
Total Hours 9 Total Hours 9
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.320 or below and elective for all other students.

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Contracts & Sales I 3 Contracts & Sales II 3
Criminal Law 3 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3
Legal Communication III 2 Elective 3
Legal Research III 1 Property II 3
Property I 3 Advanced Individual Academic Support * NC
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12
* Mandatory for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below and elective for all other students.

Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Domestic Relations 3 Business Organizations 3
Evidence 3 Constitutional Law 4
Wills, Trusts & Estates 3 Professional Responsibility 2
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Hours Course Name Hours
Multistate Essay Exam Skills I 3 Multistate Bar Examination Skills 4
Secured Transactions 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 2
Total Hours 12 Total Hours 12

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. Both full-time and part-time students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 to remain in good standing academically. In required courses, grade curves are administered in accordance with the law school’s grading policy.

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