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First-Year J.D. Courses

The following first-year J.D. courses are open to LL.M. students.

Constitutional Law

Considers selected issues concerning judicial review, federalism, separation of powers and individual rights. This is a spring semester class.


Examines 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. This is a fall semester class.

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. This is a spring semester class.

Civil Procedure

Examines the structure and function of civil procedure and the requirements of due process of law. This is a fall semester class.


Conceptual analysis and underlying policy considerations in basic property law. This is a spring semester class.


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. This is a fall semester class.