J.D. Course Descriptions

Not all courses described will be offered during any one academic year. Students should consult semester schedules and registration information to select courses that reflect their interests and that will allow them to meet graduation requirements.

Unless a course is designated as a first year course, it requires the completion of the courses taken in the first two evening semesters of law school. Those courses are Civil Procedure, Contracts, Lawyering Skills & Values I & II, Property, and Torts. These prerequisites are not separately listed in the course descriptions below.

If a course has additional prerequisites or corequisites (which might include Constitutional Law I or Criminal Law), those are listed as part of the course description. Prerequisites and corequisites cannot be waived. Students are responsible for ensuring they have taken the prerequisites for any course or are enrolled in the corequisites for any course. Failure to have taken prerequisites and corequisites may result in involuntary withdrawal from a course, with a concomitant loss of credits and possible delay of graduation.

American Bar Association rules limit students’ eligibility for online and other distance learning courses. A student cannot take such a course until he/she has completed 28 credits. Students are then limited to no more than 15 such credits toward the J.D.

Note: A student has completed a prerequisite if his or her record shows a grade (A through F or P/F) in the NSU system. Students who have not received a grade will be treated as completing a course only if the professor certifies to Student Affairs that the student has satisfied all course requirements other than the exam or final paper/project.

Learning Outcomes

A. Graduates of the Juris Doctorate degree program will be able to demonstrate a proficiency of substantive, fundamental legal doctrine, including statutes and case law, legal concepts and legal principles.

B. Graduates of the Juris Doctorate degree program will be able to demonstrate a proficiency of the ethical rules and standards that govern lawyers and the practice of law.

C. Graduates of the Juris Doctorate degree program will be able to demonstrate a proficiency and competence in problem-solving, legal analysis and legal reasoning.

D. Graduates of the Juris Doctorate degree program will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in communicating legal concepts and analysis in written and oral form.

E. Graduates of the Juris Doctorate degree program will be able to demonstrate a proficiency and competence in performing entry-level lawyering tasks.

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