Law School Curriculum

First-Year Law Curriculum

  • Fall
    • Foundations of Law I
    • Contracts I
    • Torts I
    • Property I
    • Civil Procedure I
    • Lawyering Skills I
  • Spring
    • Foundations of Law II
    • Contracts II
    • Torts II
    • Property II
    • Civil Procedure II
    • Lawyering Skills II
    • Legal Methods


Second-Year Law Curriculum

  • Fall
    • Constitutional Law I
    • Criminal Law
    • Evidence**
    • Business Associations
    • Lawyering Skills III
    • Taxation of Individuals+
  • Spring
    • Constitutional Law II
    • Criminal Procedure
    • Evidence**
    • Professional Responsibility*
    • Lawyering Skills IV
    • Taxation of Individuals+

*  Must be taken in the second year (or during intensive session)
** Must be taken in the second year
+ Must be taken fall or spring semester of second year or
    fall semester of third year

Third-Year Law Curriculum

  • Fall
    • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
    • Lawyering Skills V: Trial Advocacy (can be satisfied spring of second year)
  • Spring
    • Lawyering Skills V: Trial Advocacy (fall or spring)
    • Lawyering Skills VI (can be satisfied as early as fall in the second year)


Elective Courses Listed by Term
Subject to availability. Scheduling of elective courses is at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 

  • Fall
    • Advanced Appellate Advocacy
    • Advanced Criminal Procedure (3L)
    • Advanced Research and Writing
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy (3L)
    • Appellate Advocacy
    • Bankruptcy
    • Basic Uniform Commercial Code
    • Bioethics and the Law
    • Children and the Law Seminar
    • Constitutional Litigation Clinic
    • Criminal Law Externship
    • Directed Research in Law and Policy
    • Employment Law
    • Externship
    • First Amendment Law Seminar (3L)
    • Immigration Law and Policy
    • Independent Study
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Law
    • Judicial Clerks Externship
    • Land Use and Zoning
    • Law of Nonprofits
    • Law Review Candidacy
    • Law Review Editorial Board I (3L)
    • Law Review Senior Staff I (3L)
    • Prosecution Clinic (3L)
    • State and Local Government
    • Taxation of Estates and Gifts
    • Trial Team
    • Virginia Criminal Procedure**
  • Winter
    • Accounting and Finance for Lawyers*
  • Spring
    • Administrative Law
    • Adoption Law
    • Advanced Appellate Advocacy
    • Advanced Bar Studies (3L)
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy (3L)
    • Business Planning (3L)
    • Child Abuse and the Law (3L)
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Constitutional Litigation Clinic
    • Criminal Law Externship (3L)
    • Directed Research in Law and Policy
    • Estate Planning (3L)
    • Externship
    • Family Law
    • Federal Jurisdiction
    • Health Law Survey
    • Independent Study
    • Insurance Law
    • International Business Transactions
    • International Human Rights
    • Judicial Clerk Externship
    • Jurisprudence (odd years)
    • Law and Economics
    • Law Office Management
    • Law Review Editorial Board II (3L)
    • Law Review Junior Staff
    • Law Review Senior Staff II (3L)
    • Legal History (even years)
    • Mediation (3L)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Public Policy Survey
    • Race and the Law
    • Real Estate Transactions and Development
    • Real Property Litigation
    • Remedies
    • School Law Seminar (3L)
    • Securities Regulation
    • Taxation of Businesses
    • Trial Team
    • Virginia Civil Procedure
    • Virginia Criminal Procedure**
    • Virginia Practice
  • Summer
    • Accounting and Finance for Lawyers*
    • Constitutional Litigation Clinic
    • Criminal Law Externship (3L)
    • Directed Research in Law and Policy
    • Entertainment Law
    • Externship
    • Israel and Middle Eastern International Law and Policy
    • Judicial Clerks Externship
    • Prosecution Clinic (3L)
    • Public Policy Lawyering Skills

* Offered as a Summer or Winter Intensive

**Offered in Spring as needed