All first year students are required to take the list of courses below under 1L Required Courses. After completing the first year curriculum, students may take the remaining required courses and electives in any order they wish, subject to course prerequisites. Students also are required to take an elective course that satisfies the law school’s upper level writing requirement.

Remaining Required Courses

  • All J.D. candidates who initiated their studies at TJSL after August 1, 2008, must pass at least one course designated a professional skills course in order to graduate. Each semester, a list of those courses that would satisfy the professional skills requirement will be distributed along with the course schedule and registration information. Certain courses might be used to satisfy either the professional skills or upper-level writing requirement, but a student may not use one course to satisfy both requirements.

  • The upper level writing requirement is an advanced writing project that must be completed after a student has completed Legal Writing II and before the student begins his or her final semester of law school. A student may not leave the upper level writing requirement until his or her final semester without prior approval of an Academic Counselor. To fulfill the upper level writing requirement, students must enroll in an approved course or directed study and satisfactorily complete the assignments. A list of approved courses is provided each semester with registration materials, and students can seek the assistance of an Academic Counselor to help identify a mentor for a directed study.

     

    Satisfactory completion of the assignments in any of the approved courses will include a final written product that meets professional standards both in its substance and in its writing style; and a final product or products that are equal in length and difficulty to a high quality appellate brief or publishable note; and one of the following: at least two drafts of two or more of the writing assignments; or a series of assignments related to one substantial writing assignment, such as a sequence that includes a research plan or a research log, a detailed outline, and at least two drafts. Certain courses might be used to satisfy either the professional skills or upper-level writing requirement, but a student may not use one course to satisfy both requirements.