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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 discussions 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 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.

JD Program Model Curriculum Full-Time

JD Program Model Curriculum Part-Time

JD Graduation Review Form  or  Degree Works


Students completing the J.D. program are expected to:
  1. Demonstrate 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 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.

1L Curriculum (Full Time)

During their first year, students are not permitted to choose their courses or alter/deviate from their assigned course sections, because the first-year curriculum is fixed and mandatory and also designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the legal process and the most exposure to foundational areas of legal practice.

Curriculum Advising Document for Full Time Students

Please note that just because a course is listed as approved in our curriculum does not mean it will be offered any particular semester unless it is required to be offered.

1L Curriculum
Fall Semester 1L Credits Winter Semester 1L Credits
Contracts LAW 0612 4 Civil Procedure Law 0652 4
Criminal Law LAW 0670 4 Constitutional Law I LAW 0625 4
Legal Research & Writing I LAW 0662 3 Legal Research & Writing II LAW 0663 3
Torts LAW 0648 4 Property LAW 0653 4
LSP I LAW 0523 0 LSP II LAW 0527 0
Total 15 Total 15

1L Curriculum (Winter Start Full-Time Division)

1L Curriculum Winter Start
Winter Semester 1L Credits Summer Semester 1L (optional) Credits
Contracts LAW 0612 4 Criminal Law Law 0670 4
Civil Procedure Law 0652 4
Legal Research & Writing I LAW 0662 3
LSP I LAW 0523 0
Total 11 Total 4

2L Curriculum (Full Time)

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

For details on the Menu Requirement and Professional Responsibility see Additional Graduation Requirements All Students dropdown.

Curriculum Advising Document for Full Time Students

2L Curriculum
Fall Semester 2L Credits Winter Semester 2L Credits
Business Entities LAW 0516 4 Criminal Procedure LAW 0645 4
Constitutional Law II LAW 0629 2 Menu Requirement 4
Evidence LAW 0614 4 Professional Responsibility 3

Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives

Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives

ELA I LAW 1088
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.

0

ELA II LAW 1089
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.

0

3L Curriculum (Full Time)

The third-year curriculum should focus on completing additional graduation requirements, preparing for the bar exam, skill-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 five credits. More information is provided in part IV(b) of the Curriculum Advising document (pg 4).

Curriculum Advising Document for Full Time Students

3L Curriculum
Fall Semester 3L Credits Winter Semester 3L Credits
MBE 8131 or FBE 1833 3 MBE 8131 or FBE 1833 3
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives

1L Curriculum (Part Time)

During their first year, students are not permitted to choose their courses or alter/deviate from their assigned course sections, because the first-year curriculum is fixed and mandatory and also designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the legal process and the most exposure to foundational areas of legal practice.

Please note that just because a course is listed as approved in our curriculum does not mean it will be offered any particular semester unless it is required to be offered.

Curriculum Advising Document for Part Time Students

1L Curriculum
Fall Semester 1L Credits Winter Semester 1L Credits
Contracts LAW 0612 4 Civil Procedure Law 0652 4
Legal Research & Writing I LAW 0662 3 Legal Research & Writing II LAW 0663 3
Torts LAW 0648 4 Property LAW 0653 4
LSP I LAW 0523 0 LSP II LAW 0527 0
Total 11 Total 11

1L Curriculum Summer Term
Summer Semester 1L Credits
Criminal LAW 0670 4
Total 4

2L Curriculum (Part Time)

The second year is when most students begin to take electives while continuing to meet mandatory graduation requirements, including both required, menu, and elective courses. The “Required Courses” listed below must be taken during the semester indicated. The “Required Courses” listed below must be taken during the semester indicated, unless a student attends a summer term, during which any of the upper-level required courses may taken at that time instead, provided the student has met the prerequisite. 

For details on the Menu Requirement and Professional Responsibility see Additional Graduation Requirements All Students dropdown.

Curriculum Advising Document for Part Time Students

2L Curriculum
Fall Semester 2L Credits Winter Semester 2L Credits
Criminal Procedure LAW 0645 3 Constitutional Law I LAW 0625 4
Evidence LAW 0614 4 Business Entities LAW 0516 4

Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives

Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives

ELA I LAW 1088
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.

0

ELA II LAW 1089
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.

0

3L & 4L Curriculum (Part Time)

The third and if applicable, fourth year curriculum should focus on completing additional graduation requirements, preparing for the bar exam, skill-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 five credits. More information is provided in part IV(b) of the Curriculum Advising document (pg 4).

Curriculum Advising Document for Part Time Students

3L Curriculum
Fall Semester 3L Credits Winter Semester 3L Credits
Constitutional Law II LAW 0629 2 Menu Requirement
Menu Requirement MBE 8131 or FBE 1833
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
4L Curriculum
Fall Semester 4L Credits Winter Semester 4L Credits
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
MBE 8131 or FBE 1833 MBE 8131 or FBE 1833

1L Curriculum (Foreign Attorneys Full Time)

As a student who is already a foreign attorney, you will be completing 60 credits toward your JD degree here at the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. This guide is intended to help you navigate the course planning process so that you can properly know of and sequence all requirements for graduation.

Please note that just because a course is listed as approved in our curriculum does not mean it will be offered any particular semester unless it is required to be offered.

Curriculum Advising Document for Foreign Attorneys

1L Curriculum for Foreign Attorneys
Fall Semester 1L Credits Winter Semester 1L Credits
Contracts LAW 0612 4 Civil Procedure Law 0652 4
Criminal Law LAW 0670 4 Constitutional Law I LAW 0625 4
Legal Research & Writing I LAW 0662 3 Legal Research & Writing II LAW 0663 3
Torts LAW 0648 4 Property LAW 0653 4
LSP I LAW 0523 0 LSP II LAW 0527 0
Total 15 Total 15

1L Curriculum (Foreign Attorneys Part Time)

1L Curriculum for Foreign Attorneys Part Time
Fall Semester 1L Credits Winter Semester 1L Credits
Contracts LAW 0612 4 Civil Procedure Law 0652 4
Legal Research & Writing I LAW 0662 3 Legal Research & Writing II LAW 0663 3
Torts LAW 0648 4 Property LAW 0653 4
LSP I LAW 0523 0 LSP II LAW 0527 0
Total 11 Total 11
1L Curriculum for Foreign Attorneys Part Time Summer Semester
Summer Semester 1L Credits
Criminal Law LAW 0670 4
Total 4

2L Curriculum (Foreign Attorney Full Time)

The second year is when you will continue to meet mandatory graduation requirements, including categories of requirements that allow some choice in how you fulfill them. The Required Course” listed below must be taken during the semester indicated, unless a student attends the summer term between the two years, during which any of the upper level courses for which a student has met prerequisites may be taken in lieu of the semester indicated below. 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 five credits. More information is provided in part B of the Curriculum Advising document (pg 5).

For details on the Menu Requirement and Professional Responsibility see Additional Graduation Requirements All Students dropdown.

Curriculum Advising Document for Foreign Attorneys

2L Curriculum
Fall Semester 2L Credits Winter Semester 2L Credits
Business Entities LAW 0516 4 Criminal Procedure LAW 0645 3
Constitutional Law II LAW 0629 2 Professional Responsibility LAW 0649 3
Evidence LAW 0614 4 Menu Requirement
MBE 1831 or FBE 1833  MBE 1831 or FBE 1833

Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives

Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives

ELA I LAW 1088
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.

0

ELA II LAW 1089
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.

0

2L & 3L Curriculum (Foreign Attorneys Part Time)

The second and third years are when you will continue to meet mandatory graduation requirements, including categories of requirements that allow some choice in how to fulfill. The “Required Courses” listed below must be taken during the semester indicated, unless a student enrolls in an eligible course in the summer terms, during which any of the upper level courses for which a student has met prerequisites may be taken in lieu of the semester indicated below. There is no guarantee any required courses will be offered in the summer terms other than Criminal Law. 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 five credits. More information is provided in part B of the Curriculum Advising document (pg 5).

Curriculum Advising Document for Foreign Attorneys

2L Curriculum
Fall Semester 2L Credits Winter Semester 2L Credits
Criminal Procedure LAW 0645 3 Constitutional Law I LAW 0625 4
Evidence LAW 0614 4 Business Entities LAW 0516 4
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
ELA I LAW 1088
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.
0 ELA II LAW 1089
Mandatory for any student whose GPA was below the requisite cutoff in either of the student’s first two semesters of law school.
Optional for all other students.
0
3L Curriculum
Fall Semester 3L Credits Winter Semester 3L Credits
Constitutional Law II LAW 0629 2 Menu Requirement
Professional Responsibility Professional Responsibility
MBE 1831 or FBE 1833 MBE 1831 or FBE 1833
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
Upper-level Writing Requirement and/or
Experiential Credits and/or
Electives
MBE 8131 or FBE 1833 MBE 8131 or FBE 1833

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

NSU Law Graduation Review Form

1. Menu Requirement
2. Approved Upper Level Writing Requirement
3. Experiential Learning
4. Professional Responsibility
5. Multistate Bar Exam Lab and Florid Bar Exam Lab
6. Mandatory Service Graduation Requirement

1. Menu Requirement: 
You must select one of the following offerings:

Family Law (3 Credits) LAW 0635
Wills and Trusts (4 Credits) LAW 0655

Option: You may take Wills and Trusts separately if offered in that format in any given academic year, but you must complete both to satisfy the menu requirement. There is no guarantee that both courses will be offered in any particular format in any given semester.

If available, these courses would be listed as:

Trusts (2 Credits) LAW 0956
Wills (2 Credits) LAW 0955

2. Approved Upper Level Writing Requirement
You must complete an upper-level writing requirement (satisfied through any approved writing requirement courses, or through approval of a Law Review/Journal paper. You must earn a C+ or better for the writing requirement course, which can be completed any time after the first year). You should consult the Code of Academic Regulations for the exact specifications of this requirement. Not all of these courses will be offered every academic year.

3. Experiential Learning
You must complete six credits of experiential learning courses as defined in the Code of Academic Regulation. You should consult the Code for the exact specifications of this requirement. Not all of these courses will be offered every academic year.

4. Professional Responsibility
LAW 0649 (3 Credits)

All students are required to take the course Professional Responsibility during any semester after their first year. This is a fundamental, foundational course that examines the lawyer’s professional role and ethical responsibilities; and analyzes the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Topics include disclosure and confidentiality, conflicts of interest, fees, advertising, group legal services, corporate counsel, and pro bono representation. The course also introduces students to the Code of Judicial Conduct, and impacts every area of study.

The course is in part designed to prepare you to pass the national Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), and students should plan to take that exam as soon as possible AFTER they finish the course. The exam is offered in August, November, and March. It is important to note that students must obtain a valid, passing score on the MPRE within 25 months of passing the Florida Bar Examination.  Therefore, you should plan accordingly as to when to take the course and the subsequent test. If you finish passing the remainder of the bar exam requirements for Florida Bar Admission (the MBE and Florida Portion of the Exam) after that 25-month period from passing the MPRE will need to sit for the MPRE again. Therefore, you should not plan to take Professional Responsibility and the national exam too early in their studies. If you will be 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.

5. Multistate Bar Exam Lab and Florida Bar Exam Lab:

In the last two semesters of law school, you are required to take the Multistate Bar Exam Lab and Florida Bar Exam Lab for a total of five credits. NSU Law requires two mandatory courses to give you 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. If you are 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 Assistant Dean for the Academic Success and Professionalism Program.

MBE Lab (3 Credit) LAW 1831
FBE Lab (2 Credit) LAW 1833

6. Mandatory Service Graduation Requirement

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law’s mission is to ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills, and values that are at the heart of becoming trusted, highly adept, professional lawyers who are respected for serving clients, their communities, and justice. NSU Law is committed to instilling the ethics of pro bono service, community engagement, and public service in its graduates, and as such has instituted a mandatory service requirement for graduation

Each J.D. candidate entering NSU Law in fall 2018 and thereafter is required to perform a minimum of thirty (30) hours of qualifying service as a requirement for graduation. Eligible service options include both legal (pro bono) and non-legal (community) related placements. You may not receive pay nor academic credit for their service. You are required to complete the minimum thirty (30) hours of qualifying service prior to the start of their final semester before being scheduled to graduate.  More Information    Public Interest Law Center

 

You must complete an upper-level writing requirement (satisfied through any approved writing requirement courses, or through approval of a Law Review/Journal paper. You must earn a C+ or better for the writing requirement course, which can be completed any time after the first year). You should consult the Code of Academic Regulations for the exact specifications of this requirement. Not all of these courses will be offered every academic year. Course descriptions may be found at: https://www.law.nova.edu/current-students/course-descriptions.html

The currently approved upper-level writing requirement offerings (when taught by full-time faculty or emeritus faculty only) 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 or Online Seminar (2 credits) LAW 4674 or LAW 4670
Civil Rights Litigation Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0615
Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 1060
Comparative Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0668
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 (3 credits) LAW 0725 *
Florida Land Development Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1016 *
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
Legislation Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0859
Supervised Research and Writing (2 Credits) LAW 0809
(may only satisfy the requirement under the direction of a full-time faculty member and when taken for 2-credits)

* May satisfy the upper-level writing requirement OR the experiential learning requirement but not both. May only satisfy the upper-level writing requirement when taught by a full-time or emeritus faculty member, not when taught by an adjunct faculty member.

Students must complete six credits of experiential learning courses as defined in the Code of Academic Regulation. Students should consult the Code for the exact specifications of this requirement. Not all of these courses will be offered every academic year. Course descriptions may be found at: https://www.law.nova.edu/current-students/course-descriptions.html

Advanced Trial Advocacy (3 Credits) LAW 0893
Appellate Practice Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0874 (may satisfy the upper-level writing requirement OR the experiential learning requirement but not both)
Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic (5-7 Credits) LAW 0086
Business Planning Workshop (2 credits) LAW 0807 (may satisfy the upper-level writing requirement OR the experiential learning requirement but not both)
Charitable Organizations Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1051
Children and Families Clinic (6-12 Credits) LAW 0929
Civil Field Placement Clinic (6 or 12 Credits) LAW 0826
Civil Pre-Trial Practice (3 Credits) LAW 0517
Consumer Bankruptcy Field Placement (3 Credits) LAW 1851
Consumer Protection Internship Clinic (3 Credits) LAW 0925
Criminal Justice Field Placement Clinic (9 Credits) LAW 0853
Criminal Pre-Trial Practice (2 Credits) LAW 0711
Criminal Procedure II Workshop, (2 Credits) LAW 0634
Death Penalty Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0018
Dependency Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 2001
Dispute Resolution Clinic Placement (8 Credits) LAW 0844
Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Licenses (3 Credits) LAW 0600 or LAW 3001
Electronic Discovery, Digital Evidence and Information Governance Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0200
Estate Planning Workshop (3 credits) LAW 0725 (may satisfy the upper-level writing requirement OR the experiential learning requirement but not both)
Florida Land Development Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1016  (may satisfy the upper-level writing requirement OR the experiential learning requirement but not both)
Franchising Law Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0529
Health Law Workshop (3 credits) LAW 1044
Interviewing and Counseling (2 Credits) LAW 1062
Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating (3 Credits) LAW 0665
Judicial Field Placement Clinic (3 Credits) LAW 0799
Landlord Tenant Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1070
Law Office Management Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0651
Law Practice Business and Technology (3 Credits) LAW 0092 or LAW 0002
Legal Drafting Workshop (2 credits) LAW 0752
Mediation Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0522
Negotiating Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0672
Patent Prosecution Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0819
Post-Conviction Relief Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1001
Probate Law Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0713
Real Property Transactions Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0751
SEC Enforcement Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0511 
Sentencing Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1076
Street Law Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1005
Trial Advocacy (3 Credits) LAW 0890
Will Drafting Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0524

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law’s mission is to ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills, and values that are at the heart of becoming trusted, highly adept, professional lawyers who are respected for serving clients, their communities, and justice. NSU Law is committed to instilling the ethics of pro bono service, community engagement, and public service in its graduates, and as such has instituted a mandatory service requirement for graduation

Each J.D. candidate entering NSU Law in fall 2018 and thereafter is required to perform a minimum of thirty (30) hours of qualifying service as a requirement for graduation. Eligible service options include both legal (pro bono) and non-legal (community) related placements. You may not receive pay nor academic credit for their service. You are required to complete the minimum thirty (30) hours of qualifying service prior to the start of their final semester before being scheduled to graduate.  

More Information    Public Interest Law Center

The NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Honors Program provides exclusive recognition and professional experiences to select entering students and those who have performed near the top of their first-year law school class.

More Information 

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