Law Curriculum Sorting Guide: Law Curriculum Sorting Guide

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Introduction

There are no curriculum choices to make during a student’s first year, as the curriculum is fixed and mandatory, designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the legal process and the most exposure to foundational areas of legal practice.

After that, students have more choices to make in their schedules based upon specific interests and circumstances. Those choices are also impacted by various factors, including further requirements, the timing of when certain courses – such as necessary prerequisites for other courses – are offered, preferences given to 2L or 3L students, the Bar exam, potential work or internship schedules, and personal interest.

The following information is designed to provide students with an overview of the College of Law’s curriculum in order to help them make strategic decisions about the types of courses that might be beneficial to take depending upon their interests and circumstances and when to take certain courses.

Among other things, it:

  • Identifies Required and Elective Courses.
  • Sorts Courses by General Subject Matter Area and, for each, identifies:
    • Core Courses; Advanced and Related Courses;
    • Courses tested on the Multistate Bar Examination and the Florida Bar Examination
    • Courses available in online formats
  • Identifies full-time faculty members who teach various subjects.

**Because course selection and sequencing can involve many variables unique to each student and situation, these suggestions should be considered in that context, and students are encouraged to discuss their choices with individual faculty members, whose perspectives on these choices could potentially vary, as well as to keep in mind graduation requirements and The Code of Academic Regulations**

For all courses identified below, only the Course name and number are identified. Consult the Course Offering information on the College of Law’s website for the individual in-depth course description, prerequisites, and the individual semester schedule for availability.

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

Curriculum Planning Considerations

This section is designed to provide additional guidance to students attempting to plan a “roadmap” of their course selection, and is organized based on general subject matter. Because course selection and sequencing can involve many variables unique to each student and situation, these suggestions should be considered in that context, and students are encouraged to discuss their choices with individual faculty members, whose perspectives on these choices could vary.

  1. INTRODUCTION

Plan your second, third, and fourth years as a part of a comprehensive approach towards your law school career, with your second year course selections designed to maximize your options for the instructional offerings and activities best designed to position yourself for graduation, skills acquisition, Bar passage, and employment plans. Try to plan your 2L and 3L years in advance together, making decisions about when to take what courses based on sequencing needs, such as pre-requisite requirements, exposure to potential areas of interest and other factors. Your second year should emphasize the early completion of requirements for graduation and for pre-requisites of courses, such as clinics that you might want to take subsequently, while the third year (or fourth for part time students) generally has more room for electives.

To maximize course selection flexibility in your third year, it is necessary that you take full loads during both second year semesters so as not to fall behind the pace of earned credits needed to graduate (90 total), taking into account the number of credits awarded in a semester for clinical experiences.

The second, third and fourth years should properly ensure that a student completes all graduation requirements, the desired general or concentrated educational focus, and focuses on the acquisition of the practice skills necessary to begin their professional career.

  1. SUBJECTS, OFFERINGS, FACULTY MEMBERS & CURRICULUM MAPPING

The following section is intended to serve as a helpful guide to the instructional offerings that are currently at the College of Law. Instructional offerings are sorted below into categories that represent the primary focus of those offerings, or a significant focus of the substance area covered. Some offerings may be listed in more than one category to assist students in fully understanding their content.

The following instructional offerings are currently approved at the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. They are grouped into general subject matter areas and identify faculty members who teach in that area who may be a good resource for discussing both these offerings further, and the practice of law in these areas. Offerings in each area are grouped into three categories:

1. Core Offerings: basic offerings in the field that are intended to broadly prepare students for this area of law. They are not necessarily prerequisites for additional offerings.

2. Advanced Offerings: these instructional offerings go into more depth on specialized topics within this field or are specifically taught from a skills perspective in this field.

3. Related Offerings: these instructional offerings are primarily focused in a separate field but are highly relevant to practicing attorneys in this field.

Students Should Note the Following Information:

1. Students should consider taking some core instructional offerings in a field before branching out into advanced and related offerings. Many of these core offerings are prerequisites for other instructional offerings and students should check the descriptions for full information.

2. Instructional offerings that cover subjects that are tested on the multistate bar exam are marked with an “MBE”.

3. Instructional offerings that cover subjects that are tested on the Florida Bar exam portion are marked with an “FB”.

Mandatory Curriculum and Graduation Requirements Curriculum Mapping by Subject


First Year


Second Year


Business of Lawyering


Civil Litigation/Appellate Practice


Third Year


Fourth Year


Commercial/Business Law


Constitutional Law and Civil Rights


Additional Graduation Requirements
 

Criminal Law and Procedure


Employment Law
   

Estates and Trusts


Family Law
Additional Opportunities

Health Law


Intellectual Property


Student Competition Teams


Career Pathways


International and Comparative Law


Legislative Advocacy
   

Real Property, Environmental, and Land Use


Tax Law
   

Torts Law