Program of Study

NSU Law offers a rigorous academic program. We pride ourselves on preparing graduates to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the courtroom or boardroom. The curriculum combines traditional doctrinal courses with courses that focus on specialized areas within law. In addition, the NSU Law curriculum adds skills and simulations, support, and clinical and externship courses. Our academic options expand to include international study, international dual-degree programs, and joint degree options that combine law and other disciplines.

Our faculty has a long tradition of teaching excellence and a high-level of involvement in the life and activities of the NSU Law community. An open-door policy and wireless communication make teachers very accessible to students and limits on the size of first-year sections increase individualized feedback for our students. The faculty's expertise is reflected in rich classroom discussion and a wide range of scholarly publications and professional service. They are true mentors and role models that challenge and inspire our students.

Students in both the three-year full-time J.D. program and the four-year part-time evening J.D. program follow a combination of required and elective courses to craft an individual course of study, often concentrating a portion of electives in an area of study that aligns with their interests and career goals. Appreciating the diverse range of courses offered at NSU Law is easier when grouped by broad subject area. Course descriptions are found at this link and there are links to faculty biographies and CVs by clicking on the professor's name.

Curriculum Mapping Guide


Students completing the J.D. program are expected to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental, substantive legal doctrine (e.g., case law, legal concepts, legal principles, regulations and statutes).
  2. Identify legal issues and apply legal reasoning and analysis to solve legal problems in a logical and structured manner.
  3. Communicate orally or in writing, or both, the legal reasoning and analysis regarding legal issues.
  4. Research legal issues thoroughly and efficiently.
  5. Demonstrate a proficiency in reading critically.
  6. Understand the obligation to adhere to the values of the legal profession (e.g., (1) providing of competent representation, (2) striving to promote justice, fairness, and morality, (3) striving to improve the profession, and (4) engaging in professional self-development).
  7. Demonstrate ethical and practical judgment and active listening skills in communications (e.g. with clients, attorneys, and related parties).
  8. Use technology to meet ethical duties of the legal profession (e.g. to address duties of confidentiality for all communications, to fulfill filing and other judicial obligations, and to keep abreast of technologies that affect accuracy of information provided to clients).
  9. Anticipate, recognize and resolve obligations ethically.
  10. Demonstrate self-directed learning practices for life-long learning.

The first year curriculum is a fixed and required one, whether students are in the full time or part time division, and is reflected below:

1L Curriculum (Full Time)

Fall Semester:
  • Contracts (4 Credits) LAW 0612
  • Criminal Law (4 Credits) LAW 0670
  • Legal Research & Writing I (3 Credits) LAW 0662
  • Torts (4 Credits) LAW 0648

Total: 15 Credits

Winter Semester:
  • Civil Procedure (4 Credits) Law 0652
  • Constitutional Law (4 Credits) LAW 0625
  • Legal Research & Writing II (3 Credits) LAW 0663
  • Property (4 Credits) LAW 0653

Total: 15 Credits

1L Curriculum (Part Time)

Fall Semester:
  • Contracts (4 Credits) LAW 0612
  • Legal Research & Writing I (3 Credits) LAW 0662
  • Torts (4 Credits) LAW 0648

Total: 11 Credits

Winter Semester:
  • Civil Procedure (4 Credits) Law 0652
  • Legal Research & Writing II (3 Credits) LAW 0663
  • Property (4 Credits) LAW 0653

Total: 11 Credits

The second year is when most students begin to take electives while continuing to meet mandatory graduation requirements, including both required and menu courses. The “Required Courses” listed below must be taken during the semester indicated. In addition, it is strongly recommended that students take the “Menu Courses” during the Winter 2L semester, as this is the only time they are guaranteed a seat in these course. Students who gamble and wait until their third year to take the menu courses run the risk that they may be full. The required and menu courses for students in their second year are as follows:

2L REQUIRED COURSE (Full Time)

Fall Semester

  • Business Entities (4 Credits) LAW 0516
  • Constitutional Law II (2 Credits) LAW 0629
  • Evidence (4 Credits) LAW 0614 

Winter Semester

  • Criminal Procedure (3 Credits) LAW 0645

10 credits of REQUIRED COURSES

3 credits of REQUIRED COURSES

2L REQUIRED COURSE (Part Time)

Fall Semester

  • Constitutional Law I (4 Credits) LAW 0625
  • Criminal Law (4 Credits) LAW 0670 

Winter Semester

  • Criminal Procedure (3 Credits) LAW 0645

8 credits of REQUIRED COURSES

3 credits of REQUIRED COURSES

Menu Courses (Full Time and Part Time Division)

You must select one from the following courses. Although you must take only one of these two courses in order to graduate, the only time when you will have a guaranteed seat in each of these courses is during the WINTER 2L SEMESTER (whether full time or part time). If you elect to take one of these courses in a later semester, you will have to wait until the All Student registration period or Drop/Add to see if a seat is available.

*There is no guarantee that you will be able to take one of these courses if you do not take it during the Winter 2L Semester.*

  • Family Law (3 Credits) LAW 0635 - Second year preference course for full-time students and part-time students.
  • Wills and Trusts (4 Credits) LAW 0655 - Second year preference course for full-time and part-time students.

OPTION: YOU MAY TAKE WILLS AND TRUSTS SEPARATELY IN YOUR 2L YEAR IF OFFERED IN THAT FORMAT IN ANY GIVEN ACADEMIC YEAR. THERE IS *NO GUARANTEE* THAT THE COURSE WILL BE OFFERED IN ANY PARTICULAR FORMAT IN ANY GIVEN SEMESTER:  Trusts (2 Credits) LAW 0956  |  Wills (2 Credits) LAW 0955 

3L Required Courses (Full Time Division) 3L Required Courses (Part Time Division)

The third year curriculum should focus on completing additional graduation requirements, preparing for the Bar exam, skills-building and substantive areas of interest. However, in the student’s last two semesters of law school, students are required to take the Multistate Bar Exam Lab and Florida Bar Exam Lab for a total of three credits.

Fall Semester

  • Business Entities (4 Credits) LAW 0516
  • Constitutional Law II (2 Credits) LAW 0629
  • Evidence (4 Credits) LAW 0614

10 credits of REQUIRED COURSES

There are no required course in the fourth year for part time students. The fourth year part time curriculum should focus on completing additional graduation requirements, preparing for the Bar exam, skills-building and substantive areas of interest. In the last two semesters of law school, students are required to take Multistate Bar Exam Lab and Florida Bar Exam Lab for a total of three credits. More information is listed under Graduation Requirements.