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
  • Contracts
    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
  • Torts
    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.