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A Curriculum to Sustain Students into the Future

First-year curriculum
Our students learn in intimate settings throughout their time in the College of Law. First-year students always have at least one class in a small group setting of no more than 25 students. Our legal methods program also gives students intensive writing experience and one-on-one meetings with faculty. First-year classes teach students the basics of the law and legal system, while giving them early practical training they will need to be effective lawyers.

Upper division curriculum
A longstanding strength of the College of Law is our careful balance between doctrine, theory, and practice. Students have extensive courses they can choose from in their second and third years. These include specialty courses ranging from trademark to family law, numerous skills courses such as appellate practice and real estate drafting, and field placements in virtually every area of the law. Students can also cross-train through our experiential opportunities from international law to new ventures, our six dual degree programs, and our research centers. The depth in curriculum supports seven specialized proficiency programs, where students can earn a certificate of specialized legal study.


  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Legal Methods
  • Legal Research


  • Constitutional Law I
  • Property
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Methods


Business, Real Estate, and Tax 41
Criminal Law 23
Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources 26
Family and Gender / Sexuality Law 20
International Law 30
Intellectual Property 23
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution 30
Public Interest Law 46
Skills and Practice-Oriented Training (plus 20+ clinics) 31

The information above is a sample of curricular offerings. To see detailed curricular maps of suggested courses in legal specialties, as well as current course offerings, visit

Degree Programs

To earn a J.D., students must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours and graduate with a GPA of at least 2.5. J.D. graduates are eligible to sit for a U.S. bar exam.
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Global J.D. Program for Foreign-trained lawyers
The S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Global J.D. program offers foreign-trained lawyers the opportunity to complete the J.D. in two years, and become eligible to sit for the bar exam.
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The S.J. Quinney College of Law offers a specialized Master of Laws degree in energy, environmental, and natural resources law. A J.D. degree is required for application to the LL.M. program.
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The S.J. Quinney College of Law offers a Master of Legal Studies degree. This one-year, 30-credit-hour program requires an undergraduate degree but no prior legal training. Graduates are not eligible to sit for a U.S. bar exam.
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Dual Degree Programs
The College of Law offers a number of unique interdisciplinary educational opportunities. Dual degree programs with other graduate schools at the university include:

J.D./Master of Business Administration
J.D./Master of City & Metropolitan Planning
J.D./Master of Public Administration
J.D./Master of Public Policy
J.D./Master of Real Estate Development
J.D./Master of Social Work

For detailed information on dual degree program requirements, visit the Dual Degrees Programs page.

Certificates in specialized study
Business Law
Criminal Law
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Public Interest Law and Policy