First-Year Courses

All courses in the first year of law school are required, providing students with the fundamentals essential to the profession and to advanced study.

Courses and Seminars for First-Year Students

Constitutional Law

Considers selected issues concerning judicial review, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights.


Legal and equitable remedies for enforcing contracts, determining what promises are enforceable, elements of assent, standards of fairness and restrictions on bargaining processes, and tests for performance and breach.

Criminal Law

Examines the basic principles of substantive criminal law, including the justifications for punishment, the essential elements of offenses, mitigating and exculpating defenses, and different forms of criminal liability.

Civil Procedure

Examines the structure and function of civil procedure and the requirements of due process of law.


Examines the lawmaking process in legislatures, theories and rules of statutory interpretation in the courts, and the relationships among statutory law, administrative law, common law, and constitutional law.


Conceptual analysis and underlying policy considerations in basic property law.


Principles of civil recovery for injury, including strict liability, negligence, and the intentional torts, with emphasis on the social, economic, and moral underpinnings of the doctrines.

Research and Writing Seminar

Small-group instruction in legal research and writing, with emphasis on developing legal research techniques, writing abilities, and legal problem-solving abilities.