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Curriculum

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 flex-time basis. Changing from full-time to flex-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 Law offers a traditional three-year, full-time J.D. program that averages 15 credit hours per semester.

    FIRST (1L) YEAR CURRICULUM

    Fall Semester

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    Course Name

    Credit 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

    No Credit

    Legal Foundations II*

    No Credit

    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 (2L) & THIRD (3L) YEAR CURRICULUM

    Fall Semester

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    Year

    Hours

    Course Name

    Year

    Hours

    Criminal Law

    2L

    3

    Business Organizations

    2L

    3

    Evidence

    2L

    3

    Constitutional Law

    2L

    4

    Legal Communication III

    2L

    2

    Constitutional Criminal Procedure

    2L or 3L

    3

    Legal Research III

    2L

    1

    Professional Responsibility

    2L or 3L

    2

    Domestic Relations

    2L or 3L

    3

    Electives (over the course of two years in the spring semester)

    2L or 3L

    14

    Wills, Trusts, & Estates

    2L or 3L

    3

    Multistate Bar Exam Skills

    2L or 3L

    4

    Secured Transactions

    2L or 3L

    3

    Advanced Individual Academic Study*

    2L or 3L

    NC

    Electives (over the course of two years in the fall semester)

    2L or 3L

    9

    Multistate Essay Exam Skills

    3L

    3

    Total Hours

    30

    Total Hours

    30

    * Mandatory for upper-level students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below entering any semester.

     

  •   Flex-Time Program

    Our flex-time program is 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. Ideally, flex-time program students will complete the program of legal education between four-to-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).

    Flex-time students typically take between six-to-twelve credit hours in any given semester. Students must take at least six credit hours in the first two semesters and work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to arrange an appropriate schedule that ensures timely completion of the program of the J.D. program.

    A suggested schedule is listed below to provide guidance in completing our program of legal education within four years. Limited summer classes are available to reduce or advance the completion of credits in a given year.

    SUGGESTED FIRST (1L) YEAR CURRICULUM

    Fall Semester

    Spring Semester

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    Civil Procedure I

    3

    Civil Procedure II

    3

    Legal Communication I

    2

    Legal Communication II

    2

    Legal Foundations I

    No Credit

    Legal Foundations II*

    No Credit

    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.

    SUGGESTED SECOND (2L), THIRD (3L), & FOURTH (4L) YEAR CURRICULUM

    Fall Semester Class Options

    Spring Semester Class Options

    Course Name

    Year

    Hours

    Course Name

    Year

    Hours

    Contracts & Sales I

    2L

    3

    Contracts & Sales II

    2L

    3

    Criminal Law

    2L

    3

    Constitutional Criminal Procedure

    2L or 3L

    3

    Property I

    2L

    3

    Property II

    2L

    3

    Legal Communication III

    2L

    2

    Constitutional Law

    3L

    4

    Legal Research III

    2L

    1

    Business Organizations

    3L

    3

    Evidence

    3L

    3

    Professional Responsibility

    3L or 4L

    2

    Domestic Relations

    3L or 4L

    3

    Electives

    2L/3L/4L

    14

    Wills, Trusts & Estates

    3L or 4L

    3

    Multistate Bar Exam Skills

    4L

    4

    Secured Transactions

    3L or 4L

    3

    Advanced Individual Academic Study*

    2L/3L/4L

    No Credit

    Electives

    3L or 4L

    9

    Multistate Essay Exam Skills I

    4L

    3

    Total Hours

    36

    Total Hours

    36

    * Mandatory for upper-level students with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or below entering any semester.

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.