Course of Study

As a first year student at Valparaiso Law, you are required to take core courses during both the fall and spring semesters — courses that encompass key foundational legal concepts.  While there are additional required foundational courses during your second and third years, you will have the opportunity as a 2L and a 3L to integrate electives into your personalized schedule and tailor your legal education to your interests. Valparaiso Law students are encouraged to supplement traditional classroom instruction with practical education through externships, internships and clinic opportunities.

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THE FIRST YEAR

CORE SUBSTANCE & SKILLS

First Year Curriculum – Four Seven-Week Sessions

Session

Praxis

Doctrinal/Skills

1

A contextual introduction to being a lawyer (2) Contracts I (2) Civil Procedure I (2) Foundations of Legal Analysis (2) Research I (1)

2

Contracts II (2) Criminal Law I (2) Torts I (2)

3

Legal Writing I (2) Property I (2) Criminal Law II (2) Torts II (2) Research II (1)

4

Property II (2) Civil Procedure II (2) Damages & Equities (2)

THE SECOND YEAR

Required 2L Courses – Required Graduation Credits – “Comprehensive Student Diagnostic”

  1. The 2L curriculum has 25 required credits. All credits beyond the 25 are elective. Assuming a standard 30-credit academic year, this allows for 5 elective credits. The required 2L (i.e., must be taken after the first year and before the third year, summers included) courses are:
    Constitutional Law I & II – 4 credits
    Evidence – 3 credits
    Legal Profession – 2 credits
    Trust & Estates – 3 credits
    Administrative Law – 2 credits
    Business Associations – 3 credits
    Legal Research II Fall – 1 credit
    Legal Writing Fall – 2 credits
    Skills –  5 credits
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    Total credits required  25
  2. Additional credits required for graduation (i.e., must be taken after the first year and before the end of the final semester, summers included). Students must take no less than 9 credits from the following list of courses:
    U.C.C. Sales (2 credits) or U.C.C. Secured Transactions (2 credits)
    Tax (4 credits)
    Family Law (2 credits)
    Criminal Procedure Investigation (3 credits) or Criminal Law Adjudication (3 credits)
    Bankruptcy (4 credits)
    Employment Law (3 credits)
  3. At the end of the beginning and end of the second year, a comprehensive exam in the format of a bar exam (“comprehensive student diagnostic”) will be given to assess the students’ progress on curricular learning objectives.

THE THIRD YEAR

The third year is totally elective in nature (with the exception of any unfulfilled graduation requirements outlined in the second year, above and a requirement that all third year students must take a writing/research experience). The feature of the third year is the offering of practicums – coordinated, intensive, and immersive offerings.

PART-TIME CURRICULUM

Part-Time First-Year Curriculum
2014 Fall Semester (Two seven-week sessions, total 9 credits)

100/101 Contracts (full semester) Cr. 4
131 Legal Research I (full semester) Cr. 1
135 Foundations (first 7 wks.) Cr. 2
144 Praxis I (first 7 wks.) Cr. 1
145 Praxis II (second 7 wks.) Cr. 1
315S1 Professionalism Education Requirement Cr. 0

2015 Spring Semester (Two seven-week sessions, total 7 credits)

130 Legal Writing I (full semester) Cr. 2
160/161 Property (full semester) Cr. 4
181 Legal Research II (full semester) Cr. 1
315S2 Professionalism Education Requirement Cr. 0

2015 Fall Semester (Two seven-week sessions, total 7 credits)

110 Criminal Law I (second 7 wks.) Cr. 2
120 Civil Procedure I (first 7 wks.) Cr. 2
170 Torts I (second 7 wks.) Cr. 2
231 Legal Research III (full semester) Cr. 1
315S3 Professionalism Education Requirement Cr. 0

2016 Spring Semester (Two seven-week sessions, total 8 credits)

111 Criminal Law II (first 7 wks.) Cr. 2
121 Civil Procedure II (second 7 wks.) Cr. 2
171 Torts II (first 7 wks.) Cr. 2
190 Damages & Equities (second 7 wks.) Cr. 2
315S4 Professionalism Education Requirement Cr. 0

Part-time students complete the 2L required courses following completion of the 1L required courses and before accumulating 60 completed credit hours.

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RELATED COURSES BY SUBJECT MATTER

The curriculum offers related courses in various subject matters. The following are courses offered in the current and past two academic years in different areas of practice.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
412 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
471 – Remedies
506 – Negotiation
507 – Mediation

Business Law
100 – Contracts I
101 – Contracts II
203 – Business Associations
205 – Administrative Law
235 – Legal Drafting:  Business
243 – Advanced Legal Research
280 – Law & Economics
402 – UCC II:  Sales
404 – Corporate Finance
407 – UCCI: Sales & Commercial Paper
408 – UCC II:  Secured Transactions
410 – International Business Transactions
412 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
415 – Insurance Law
416 – Nonprofit Organizations
420 – Bankruptcy
421 – Federal Income Tax:  Individuals
423 – Municipal Finance
429 – Consumer Protection Law
432 – Federal Tax Research
440 – Regulation of Industry
441 – Administrative Law
443 – Antitrust Law
446 – Employment Law
495 – International Financial Regulation
504 – Mergers & Acquisitions
505 – Federal Tax:  Corporations/Partnerships
519 – Securities Regulation
520 – Federal Tax Procedure
530 – Business Planning

Child/Family Law
235 – Legal Drafting:  Juvenile
243 – Advanced Legal Research
406 – Children and the Law
412 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
485 – Family Law
485-P – Family Law Practicum
662 – Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
662 – Juvenile Legal Clinic

Civil Law
100 – Contracts I
101 – Contracts II
120 – Civil Procedure I
121 – Civil Procedure II
170 – Torts I
171 – Torts II
190 – Damages & Equity
235 – Drafting:  Legal Drafting
240 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Moot Court
241 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy: Civil
243 – Advanced Legal Research
244 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  General
412 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
442 – Civil Rights Legislation & Litigation
469 – Federal Courts
470 – Complex Federal Litigation
471 – Remedies
662 – Civil Legal Clinic

Constitutional Law
150 – Constitutional Law I
240 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Moot Court
241 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy: Civil
242 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Criminal
244 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  General
250 – Constitutional Law II
265 – American Legal History
442 – Civil Rights Legislation & Litigation
469 – Federal Courts
495 – Constitutional and Military Law

Criminal Law
110 – Criminal Law I
111 – Criminal Law II
210 – Evidence
235 – Legal Drafting:  Criminal Litigation
240 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Moot Court
242 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Criminal
243 – Advanced Legal Research
467 – Criminal Procedure:  Investigation
468 – Criminal Procedure:  Adjudication
469 – Federal Courts
510 – Criminal Forensics
662 – Criminal Legal Clinic
662 – Post-Conviction Legal Clinic

Elder/Health Law
205 – Administrative Law
243 – Advanced Legal Research
414 – Medical Malpractice
424 – Social Security Disability
430 – Medicine, Law, & Ethics
439 – Trusts & Estates
441 – Administrative Law
486 – Health Care Process
487 – Elder Law
513 – Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
531 – Estate Planning

Employment/Labor Law
100 – Contracts I
101 – Contracts II
150 – Constitutional Law I
205 – Administrative Law
235 – Legal Drafting:  Employment
243 – Advanced Legal Research
250 – Constitutional Law II
412 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
415 – Insurance Law
440 – Regulation of Industry
441 – Administrative Law
442 – Civil Rights Legislation & Litigation
444 – Workers’ Compensation
445 – Labor Law
446 – Employment Law

Environmental Law & Policy
205 – Administrative Law
243 – Advanced Legal Research
435 – Natural Resources
440 – Regulation of Industry
441 – Administrative Law
447 – Food Law
448 – Environmental Law

Human Rights/Immigration
150 – Constitutional Law I
240 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Moot Court
243 – Advanced Legal Research
250 – Constitutional Law II
278 – International Law:  Use of Force
279 – International Law:  Human Rights
442 – Civil Rights Legislation & Litigation
480 – Immigration Law
662 – Immigration Legal Clinic

Intellectual Property Law
243 – Advanced Legal Research
431 – Art Law
437 – Intellectual Property Law
443 – Antitrust Law
450 – Advanced Patent Law
465 – Trademark & Unfair Competition

International & Comparative Law
243 – Advanced Legal Research
270 – Comparative Law:  Europe
277 – Public International Law:  Introduction
278 – International Law:  Use of Force
279 – International Law:  Human Rights
410 – International Business Transactions
495 – Cambridge/London Study Abroad
495 – Chile/Argentina Study Abroad
495 – International Financial Regulation
590 – Introduction to European Union Law & Euro Economics

Litigation
210 – Evidence
235 – Legal Drafting:  Criminal Litigation
235 – Legal Drafting:  Litigation
235 – Legal Drafting:  Motions
240 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Moot Court
241 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy: Civil
242 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Criminal
243 – Advanced Legal Research
244 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  General
245 – Pretrial Skills
415 – Insurance Law
442 – Civil Rights Legislation & Litigation
469 – Federal Courts
470 – Complex Federal Litigation
652 – Trial Practice I
653 – Trial Practice II

Practical Skills
130 – Legal Writing I
131 – Legal Research I
135 – Foundations
144 – Praxis I
145 – Praxis II
181 – Legal Research II
182 – Legal Method
220 – Legal Profession
400 – Law Practice Management
477 – Technology in Law

Property
160 – Property I
161 – Property II
235 – Legal Drafting:  Real Estate
243 – Advanced Legal Research
433 – Land Transfer & Finance
434 – Land Use
439 – Trusts & Estates
513 – Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
531 – Estate Planning

Public Interest Representation
241 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy: Civil
242 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  Criminal
243 – Advanced Legal Research
244 – Advanced Appellate Advocacy:  General
442 – Civil Rights Legislation & Litigation

Sports & Entertainment Law
100 – Contracts I
101 – Contracts II
243 – Advanced Legal Research
412 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
418 – Sports Law
436 – Media Law
438 – Entertainment Law
662 – Sports Legal Clinic

State & Local Government
150 – Constitutional Law I
205 – Administrative Law
235 – Legal Drafting:  Local Government
243 – Advanced Legal Research
250 – Constitutional Law II
405 – Indiana Constitutional Law
423 – Municipal Finance
441 – Administrative Law
442 – Civil Rights Legislation & Litigation
481 – Local Government Law

Taxation
203 – Business Associations
205 – Administrative Law
243 – Advanced Legal Research
404 – Corporate Finance
421 – Federal Income Tax:  Individuals
432 – Federal Tax Research
441 – Administrative Law
505 – Federal Tax:  Corporations/Partnerships
520 – Federal Tax Procedure
520 – Tax Controversy & Litigation
530 – Business Planning
662 – Tax Legal Clinic

Other
272 – Law & Society
295 – Jurisprudence
422 – Education Law
427 – Animal Law
452 – Shakespeare & the Law
495 – Cambridge/London Study Abroad
495 – Chile/Argentina Study Abroad
655 – Advanced Legal Studies