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Upper-Division Courses

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Instructional offerings change as the law moves in new directions, as faculty members are added, and as new intellectual interests develop among students and faculty. The following courses have been approved by the faculty as instructional offerings at the school. Some courses will be offered every year while others will be offered once every two or three years. A list of the course offerings available in a given semester and the professors who teach them will be posted prior to student registration. In all two-semester courses, the first semester course is a prerequisite to the second-semester course, unless the requirement is waived by the professor.

To assist students in planning and organizing their upper-level course programs, the faculty has divided our upper-level curriculum into 32 course clusters. Students who wish to focus in a particular area of the law will find the clusters helpful as a curriculum guide. Additional counseling and information is available from the academic dean’s office and faculty advisers.

Upper-Level Course Requirements

I. Administrative and Legislative Law

II. Alternative Dispute Resolution

III. Antitrust and Trade Regulation

IV. Business Organizations

V. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

VI. Clinical Skills and Lawyering Competencies

VII. Commercial and Consumer Law

VIII. Communication Law and New Technologies

IX. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

X. Constitutional Law

XI. Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law

XII. Environmental Law

XIII. Family Law

XIV. Financial Institutions and Regulation

XV. General Practice

XVI. Health Law/Law and Medicine

XVII. Immigration/Human Rights

XVIII. Intellectual Property Law

XIX. International and Comparative Law

XX. Labor and Employment Law

XXI. Land Use and Real Estate Transactions

XXII. Law and Public Policy

XXIII. Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility

XXIV. Litigation: Practice and Procedure

XXV. Not-for-Profit Organizations

XXVI. Perspectives on Law and Legal Systems

XXVII. Public Interest/ Public Service Law

XXVIII. Religion and the Law

XXIX. Securities Regulation

XXX. Tax Law and Policy

XXXI. Torts Liability

XXXII. Trusts and Estates


At the Columbus School of Law, the academic programs are a comprehensive legal education weaving a strong theoretical foundation with sophisticated practical training. This distinctive educational approach furnishes students with the mental tools to face the demands of the 21st century.