What to expect during your first year of law school.
During your first year, you’ll be placed into one of three first-year sections. Students in each section take all their classes together. You will also take at least one of the your required first-year courses in a small section of about 40 students. We find this creates a close-knit community for first-year students both inside and outside the classroom. While the first-year curriculum is continually evolving to meet students’ educational needs and provide preparation for careers in the modern-day legal profession, students generally take the following courses in their first year:
- Administrative Law
Examines the nature and functions of federal administrative agencies and the legal controls on agency action.
- Civil Procedure
Examines the structure and function of civil procedure and the requirements of due process of law
- Constitutional Law
Analyzes selected issues concerning judicial review, federalism, separation of powers and individual rights
Examines equitable legal remedies for enforcing contracts, determining what promises are enforceable and analyzing elements of assent
- Criminal Law
Explores the basic principles of substantive criminal law, including the justifications for punishment, the essential elements of offenses, mitigating and exculpating defenses and various forms of criminal liability
- Lawyering Lab
Provides an intensive introduction to lawyering skills, including contract drafting, client counseling and negotiation
- Property Law
Undertakes a conceptual analysis of basic property law
Evaluates the 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 & Writing Seminar and Moot Court
Beginning in 2017, BU Law will be enhancing its Lawyering Program by augmenting its staffing with additional full-time faculty, dedicated to providing students with the problem-solving and legal writing skills needed to become successful attorneys. Together with our innovative Lawyering Lab, this enhanced staffing will enable more intensive, skills-based training in both transactional and litigation settings. Through simulations of real-world legal disputes, you will receive training in legal writing, oral advocacy, client interviewing and counseling, contract drafting, and negotiation – skills that will prepare you for work as an attorney in a wide variety of practice areas.