Law Curriculum Sorting Guide: Additional Graduation Requirements

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V. Additional Graduation Requirements—ALL STUDENTS

            Beyond the required and menu 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 four categories. For full information on prerequisites and co-requisites, please consult the Course Descriptions.

a) Upper Level Writing Requirement (1 course required or the equivalent alternative allowed 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 or an exemption allowed under the academic code for non-Florida Bar exam takers)


a) Writing Requirement Instructional Offerings (1 course needed)

Students must complete an upper level writing requirement (satisfied through any approved writing requirement instructional offerings, or through approval of a Law Review/Journal paper or a supervised research and writing experience. 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). Students completing the writing requirement through the Law Review/Journal process must register their intent to do so no later than the end of the drop/add period for that semester, even though such satisfaction of the requirement earns no separate academic credit.


The approved upper class writing requirement offerings are: 

American Legal History Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0793

American Legal History Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0794  

Animal Law Legislation Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0795  

Art Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0643

Bioethics Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0897 

Caribbean Law Seminar (2 credits) LAW 4674

Comparative Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0668

Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 1060

Current Constitutional Issues Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0796

Education Law Seminar K-12 (2 Credits) LAW 0901

Elder Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0737

Environmental Enforcement Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0780

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


b) Experiential Learning (6 Credits required)

Advanced Trial Advocacy (3 Credits) LAW 0893

Appellate Practice Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0874

Bankruptcy Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0601

Business Planning Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0807

Charitable Organizations Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1051

Children and Families Clinic - Full-Time (6 Credits) LAW 0929

Children and Families Clinic - Part-Time (3 Credits) LAW 0926

Civil Field Placement Clinic Full Time (9 Credits) LAW 0829

Civil Field Placement Clinic Part Time (3 Credits) LAW 0828

Civil Pre-Trial Practice (3 Credits) LAW 0517

Civil Rights Practice Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 4673

Collaborative Family Law Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 2005

Consumer Bankruptcy Field Placement (1 Credit) LAW 0964

Consumer Bankruptcy Field Placement (2 Credits) LAW 0965

Criminal Justice Field Placement Clinic (9 Credits) LAW 0853

Criminal Pre-Trial Practice (2 Credits) LAW 0711

Dependency Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 2001

Dispute Resolution Clinic Placement (3 Credits) LAW 0849

Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Licenses (2 Credits) LAW 0600

Electronic Discovery, Digital Evidence and Information Governance Workshop  (2 Credits) LAW 0200

Environmental and Land Use Clinic - Fall or Winter (12 Credits) LAW 008X

Estate Planning Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0725

Family Law Litigation Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0686

Florida Land Development Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1016

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 (2 Credits) LAW 0822

Landlord Tenant Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1070

Law Office Management Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0651

Law Practice Business and Technology (2 Credits) LAW 0092

Lawyers as Advocates: Rhetoric, Modes of Persuasion & Public Policy Campaigns (2 Credits) LAW 1000

Legal Drafting Workshop (2 credits) LAW 0752

Mediation Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0522

Negotiating Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0672

Negotiating Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 4672

Patent Prosecution (2 Credits) LAW 0819

Post-Conviction Relief Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1001

Probate Law Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0713

Real Property Closing Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0751

Real Property Complex Transactions Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1151

Sentencing Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1076

Social Media and the Law (2 Credits) LAW 0090

Trial Advocacy (3 Credits) LAW 0890

Veterans Law Clinic – Full-time (6 Credits) LAW 4683

Veterans Law Clinic – Part-Time (3 Credits) LAW 4680

Veterans Workshop – Stateside Legal Rights for Veteran and Military Personnel (2 Credits) LAW 4681

Will Drafting Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0524


c. Professional Responsibility (1 course)

            All students are required to take the course Professional Responsibility (3 Credits) LAW 0649 during any semester AFTER their first year. This is a fundamental, foundational course examining the lawyer's professional role and social responsibilities, and emphasizing 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. It impacts every area of study. 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.

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

            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.