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Program Overview

Our JD program provides a breadth and depth of knowledge that you'll bring to whatever areas of the law you choose to pursue. From corporate or tax law to intellectual property or criminal defense litigation, we’ll teach you to translate theory into practice. You can complete the degree on a schedule that works best for you, either full time during the day, part time at night, or with a flexible schedule.

After your first year you can focus on particular areas of interest to you, and you’ll have the option to chart a specialized path through one of seven distinct concentrations, including:

Our externships and clinics offer many opportunities to hone your practical skills and apply what you learn in class to real-life settings. In the clinics, you will advise clients and even represent them before judges. We host regional competitions and other events that bring renowned experts in their particular fields to campus for lectures and workshops. You can earn the opportunity to write for the Quinnipiac Law Review or for our Health Law and Probate Law journals. The options are many — it's up to you what you might try.

Full-time Curriculum

The first-year curriculum is entirely prescribed. The second-year curriculum consists of core electives and general electives. Students must take at least 4 of the 6 core electives. In addition, students must take the course in Lawyers' Professional Responsibility and satisfy the experiential learning requirement and the advanced writing requirement.

First Year Required Courses

First Semester

Legal Skills

2

Criminal Law

3

Torts

4

Civil Procedure I

3

Contracts I

3

Total

15

     

     

Second Semester

Legal Skills

2

Property

4

Constitutional Law

4

Civil Procedure II

2

Contracts II

3

Total

15

Second Year Recommended Courses

First Semester

Core Electives

3 - 11

General Electives

2 - 12

Total

13 - 15

       

       

Second Semester

Core Electives

3 - 10

General Electives

2 - 12

Total

13 - 15

Part-time Curriculum

The completion of this program generally requires four academic years and one or two summer sessions of residence. Part-time students are admitted for evening courses.

Students may be allowed to enroll in day classes if space is available. All part-time students are required to take the prescribed program of required courses listed below and 4 of the 6 core electives. In addition, students must take the course in Lawyers' Professional Responsibility and satisfy the experiential learning requirement and the advanced writing requirement.

First Year Required Courses

First Semester

Legal Skills I

2

Torts

4

Civil Procedure

2

Contracts I

2

Total

10

       

       

Second Semester

Legal Skills II

2

Civil Procedure II

3

Contracts II

4

Total

9

Second Year Required and Recommended Courses

First Semester

Property

4

Criminal Law

3

Core Elective

3 - 4

Total

10

     

     

Second Semester

Constitutional Law

4

Core Elective

3 - 4

General Electives

2 - 4

Total

10 - 12

Third Year

First Semester

Core Electives

3 - 4

General Electives

7 - 9

Total

10 - 13

      

     

Second Semester

Core Electives

3 - 4

General Electives

7 - 9

Total

10 - 15

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