After a first year of core legal courses, an exceptionally liberal approach to course scheduling offers students the ability to custom tailor their schedules to meet individual needs and interests.
Students follow a curriculum that concentrates on fundamental legal areas in their first two semesters. Each first-year student is assigned to a small — half the usual class size — section of a substantive course taught by a full professor, allowing greater opportunities for expanded discussion with noted scholars in these legal areas.
2L and 3L
During the second and third years, students must complete both an upper level writing requirement and a course in professional responsibility. Beyond these requirements, they may choose from more than 100 course offerings. Students also may receive up to six hours of credit for study in another discipline, complementing their legal education with advanced coursework in top-ranked University departments, such as accounting, engineering, computer science, and social work.
Current course offerings are listed below by areas of concentration and general offerings. Many courses will have implications in multiple fields and areas of law. Students are encouraged to review the Course Counseling Handbook for comprehensive course listings for each area of interest and for important course selection information. Some of the courses listed below are not offered every semester or every year, making advanced planning especially important.
Second and Third Year (2L & 3L) Courses
Business, Commercial, and Corporate Law
Clinical and Experiential Learning
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental and Natural Resources
Family Law, Health Care Law, and Torts
Government, Administrative, and Constitutional
International and Comparative
Jurisprudential, Social Science, and Historical Perspectives
Labor and Employment Law
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Research and Writing
Chicago Program Courses