Required 1st Year Courses

The first year curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of legal analysis, to introduce you to legal subjects on which most of the law is built, and to give you a strong foundation in legal research, writing, and advocacy skills. During their first year at SMU, J.D. students complete the following courses:

Full Time Students 

Fall
  • Civil Procedure I (3 hours)
  • Contracts I (2 hours)
  • Criminal Law (3 hours)
  • Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy (3 hours)
  • Property I (2 hours)
  • Torts I (3 hours)
Spring
  • Civil Procedure II (2 hours)
  • Constitutional Law I (2 hours)
  • Contracts II (3 hours)
  • Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy (3 hours)
  • Property II (3 hours)
  • Torts II (2 hours)

Evening Division Students

  • First Year Fall
  • Civil Procedure I (3 hours)
  • Contracts I (2 hours)
  • Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy (3 hours)
  • Torts I (3 hours)
First Year Spring
  • Civil Procedure II (2 hours)
  • Contracts II (3 hours)
  • Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy (3 hours)
  • Torts II (2 hours)
Second Year Fall
  • Criminal Law (3 hours)
  • Property I (2 hours)
  • Electives (5-6 hours)
Second Year Spring
  • Constitutional Law I (2 hours)
  • Property II (3 hours)
  • Electives (5-6 hours)
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