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Graduation Requirements

Beyond the required and menu first and second year core courses, each student is required to complete a series of additional courses designed to prepare the student for Bar passage, and instill the necessary skill sets for general or specialized practice upon graduation. These courses are listed here in four categories. For full information on prerequisites and co-requisites, please consult the Course Descriptions.

a) Upper Level Writing Requirement (1 course required or applicable exemption under the academic code)

b) Experiential Learning (6 credits required)

c) Professional Responsibility (1 required course)

d) Multistate Bar Exam Lab and Florida Bar Exam Lab (2 required courses)

e) Mandatory Service Graduation Requirement for J.D. Students Matriculating Beginning Fall 2018 Semester

Students must complete an upper level writing requirement (satisfied through any approved writing requirement courses, or through approval of a Law Review/Journal paper. Students must earn a C+ or better for the writing requirement course, which can be completed any time in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year). 

The available upper class writing requirement courses are: 

American Legal History Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0794  

Animal Law Legislation Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0795  

Appellate Practice Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0874

Art Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0643

Bioethics Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0897 

Business Planning Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0807

Caribbean Law Seminar (2 credits) LAW 4674

Civil Rights Litigation Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0615

Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar ( 2 Credits) LAW 1060

Comparative Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0668

Constitutional Decisionmaking Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0797

Current Constitutional Issues Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0796

Elder Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0737

Environmental Enforcement Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0780

Estate Planning Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0725

ILSA Journal Writing Requirement (2 Credits) LAW 1809

Jewish Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 1074

Jurisprudence Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0735

Law, Finance and Markets Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 4678

Law and Literature Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0718

Law and Medicine Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0895

Law Review writing Requirement (2 Credits) LAW 1804

Legislation Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0859

COURSE Information
Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Clinic - Full-Time (0022)
Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Clinic - Part-Time (0023)
Advanced Trial Advocacy (0893)
Appellate Practice Workshop (0874)
Bankruptcy Workshop (0601)
Business Planning Workshop (0807)
Charitable Organizations Workshop (1051)
Children and Families Clinic - Full-Time (0929)
Children and Families Clinic - Part-Time (0926)
Civil Field Placement Clinic - Full-Time (0829)
Civil Field Placement Clinic - Part-Time (0828)
Civil Pre-Trial Practice (0517)
Consumer Bankruptcy Field Placement Clinic (1850)
Criminal Justice Field Placement Clinic (0853)
Criminal Pre-Trial Practice (0711)
Dependency Workshop (2001)
Dispute Resolution Clinic (0849)
Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Licenses (0600)
Electronic Discovery, Digital Evidence and Information Governance Workshop (0200)
Estate Planning Workshop (0725)
Family Law Litigation Workshop (0686)
Florida Land Development Workshop (1016)
Health Law Workshop (1044)
Interviewing and Counseling (1062)
Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating (0665)
Landlord Tenant Workshop (1070)
Law Office Management Workshop (0651)
Law Practice Business and Technology (0092)
Lawyers as Advocates: Rhetoric, Modes of Persuasion & Public Policy Campaigns (1000)
Legal Drafting Workshop (0752)
Mediation Workshop (0522)
Negotiating Wksp Online (4672)
Negotiating Workshop (0672)
Post-Conviction Relief Workshop (1001)
Probate Law Workshop (0713)
Real Property Closing Workshop (0751)
Real Property Complex Transactions Workshop (1151)
Sentencing Workshop (1076)
Trial Advocacy (0890)
Veterans Law Clinic – Full-time (4683)
Veterans Law Clinic – Part-Time (4680)
Veterans Workshop – Stateside Legal Rights for Veteran and Military Personnel (4681)
Wills Drafting Workshop (0524)

All students are required to take the course Professional Responsibility (3 Credits) LAW 0649 during any semester AFTER their first year. Students should consider when they plan to sit for the national Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) (available August and November to students completing their first year of law school) and plan the course into their schedule accordingly. Students should note that under the rules of admission to the Florida Bar, a valid passing MPRE score must be obtained within 25 months of passing the Florida Bar examination, or sit for the MPRE again. Students sitting for a bar exam in another jurisdiction must check their local bar rules for the time period in which a passing MPRE score may be obtained.

NSU Law requires two mandatory courses to give students the skills needed to prepare for the bar exam. One course focuses on the subjects tested on the Multistate portion of the bar exam, while the second required course focuses on the subjects tested on the Florida portion of the bar exam. Students are required to take these two courses in the last two semesters before graduation. These courses are available in person, and in certain instances, on-line. Students registered to sit for a bar exam in a state other than Florida may be exempt from taking the Florida Bar Exam Lab upon the approval in writing of the Associate Dean for the Critical Skills Program. The courses are listed in the course catalog as:

Multistate Bar Exam Lab (1 credits)

Florida Bar Exam Lab (2 credits)

Students should consult the Code of Academic Regulations for more information about which semester during their last two semesters to take each course, options for part-time and clinic students, as well as special options for students sitting for another state’s Bar exam.

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