Stetson University

Required J.D. Curriculum


Full-Time J.D. - Required Curriculum [top]

Most full-time students who enter the College of Law in or after Fall 2010 will complete the required curriculum in the following sequence (changes to the first-year curriculum were approved by the College of Law faculty in March 2010 and will take effect with the Fall 2010 entering class):

First Semester (Fall)

Civil Procedure (4 credits)
Contracts (4 credits)
Criminal Law (4 credits)
Research and Writing I (4 credits)

Second Semester (Spring)

Constitutional Law I (4 credits)
Real Property (4 credits)
Torts (4 credits)
Research and Writing II (3 credits)

Third Semester (Summer and/or Fall)

Professional Responsibility (3 credits)

Most full-time students who entered before Fall 2010 will complete the required curriculum in the sequence listed below:

First Semester (Fall)

Civil Procedure
Contracts I
Real Property I
Research and Writing I
Torts

Second Semester (Spring)

Constitutional Law I
Contracts II
Criminal Law
Real Property II
Research and Writing II

Third Semester (Summer and/or Fall)

Professional Responsibility

Semesters for full-time entry: Fall only

Minimum course load for full-time residency status:
15 credit hours/semester for first year and 10 credit hours/semester thereafter

Estimated time for completion:
Three years (may be completed in 2.5 years by attending summer sessions and completing at least 5 credit hours each summer)


Part-Time J.D. - Required Curriculum [top]

Students will be required to take classes at both the Gulfport campus and the Tampa Law Center. Typically, students will take 22 credits in the required curriculum at the Tampa Law Center. During the first five semesters, courses typically will be scheduled for two evenings in Tampa and one in Gulfport. After completing the required curriculum, part-time students may take electives at either campus, but are limited to a total of 45 credit hours (including required credits) at the Tampa Law Center. For additional information, click here.

Students who enter the College of Law in or after Fall 2010 will typically completed the required curriculum in the following sequence (changes to the first-year curriculum were approved by the College of Law faculty in March 2010 and will take effect with the Fall 2010 entering class):

First Fall Semester

Contracts (4 credits)
Torts (4 credits)

First Spring Semester

Real Property or Civil Procedure (4 credits)
Research and Writing I (4 credits)

First Summer Session

Criminal Law (3 credits)
Real Property or Civil Procedure (4 credits)

Second Fall Semester

Constitutional Law I (4 credits)
Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
Research and Writing II (3 credits)

Students who entered before Fall 2010 will typically completed the required curriculum in the following sequence:

First Fall Semester

Contracts I
Real Property I
Torts

First Spring Semester

Contracts II
Real Property II
Research and Writing I

First Summer Session

Criminal Law
Constitutional Law I

Second Fall Semester

Civil Procedure
Research and Writing II

Second Spring Semester

Professional Responsibility

Estimated part-time course load:
8-12 credit hours in fall and spring
5-7 credit hours in summer

Estimated time for completion:
Four years, including three summers

(Students who meet certain academic criteria may transfer to the full-time program after their second fall semester to finish in three years, including summer sessions. For more information, see the policy for Conversion Between Part-Time and Full-Time J.D. Programs (PDF).


Area Requirements [top]

These requirements may be fulfilled by successful completion of one course listed under each area.

Administrative Law

For specific courses, please see the Graduation Requirements Checklist (PDF). (Please note that the graduation checklist reflects requirements for those who entered before Fall 2010.)

Code

For specific courses, please see the Graduation Requirements Checklist (PDF). (Please note that the graduation checklist reflects requirements for those who entered before Fall 2010.)

Evidence

Students must complete Evidence; although students are not required to take Evidence in any particular semester, it is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for Trial Advocacy and many clinics and internships.

Writing

Service on the Stetson Law Review and writing a paper of publishable quality
Seminar course with research paper
A faculty-supervised individual research project with research paper

Skills

For specific courses, please see the Graduation Requirements Checklist (PDF). (Please note that the graduation checklist reflects requirements for those who entered before Fall 2010.)

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