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Upper-Division Curriculum

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The upper-division curriculum comprises several requirements, courses that are strongly recommended, and elective options. CUA Law students must complete a minimum of 84 credits to earn the J.D. degree.

Additional specific requirements apply to students who enroll in one of our structured certificate programs or concentrations. Other students can choose from a wide array of elective courses to design an academic plan that will fulfill their educational and professional objectives.

Course Requirements

The following courses are required for the J.D. degree:

   > Constitutional Law II

> Professional Skills

> Professional Responsibility

> Transition-to-Practice

> Upper-Level Writing

Strongly Recommended
Courses for All Students

These courses are foundational for all areas of legal practice.

> Corporations

> Criminal Procedure

> Evidence


Elective Courses
By Practice Area

To assist upper-division students in planning their academic programs, the faculty has organized elective offerings into 32 course clusters grouped by practice area. 

> All Course Descriptions
> Practice Areas