Students must successfully complete 90 credit hours to graduate, including the following required courses, if not previously taken:
- Constitutional Law
- Federal Income Taxation
- Property II
- Professional Responsibility (by 60th credit hour)
Additional Required Courses
- Criminal Procedure
- First Amendment
- Substantial Writing
- Experiential Learning (skills courses) – 6 credit hours minimum
Texas Uniform Bar Examination Courses
In addition to the first year required courses and those set out above, because of the centrality of these subjects to law practice and their relevance to the Texas Uniform Bar Examination, the faculty strongly recommends that all students take each of the following courses, even if they are eligible to choose not to do so:
- Agency & Partnership
- Bar Preview Program*
- Family Law
- Secured Transactions
- Wills, Trusts, & Estates
The faculty deems these courses important for all students for two reasons. First, they cover fundamental legal subjects familiarity with which will be useful for almost any lawyer. Second, each of these subjects is tested on the Texas Uniform Bar Examination.
Nevertheless, a student meeting either of the following two criteria will be required to take the aforementioned courses as a condition of graduation:
- A full-time student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.000 immediately after having attempted 30 credit hours or having completed 2 semesters, whichever occurs first.
- A part-time student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.000 immediately after having attempted 30 semester hours or having completed 4 semesters or sessions, whichever occurs first.
*Required for graduates entering their final long semester on Academic Supervision and/or with a GPA below 3.2 at the time of registration.
Advanced Legal Skills**
This course will be offered in fall and spring and will be mandatory for students with GPAs of 2.70 or lower. ALS will be taken prior to the Bar Prep course. ALS will introduce students to several critical skills: (1) understanding how to study properly for the bar examination, (2) appreciating the different methods used by bar examiners to test knowledge and skills, (3) working towards mastery of bar exam multiple choice and essay skills; and (4) developing a deeper ability to engage in self-regulated learning.
**Required for graduates entering their 2nd to last long semester with a GPA of 2.7.
Additional details along with mutual exclusions can be found on the Registration/Degree Audit Worksheet. You may also complete the form and submit it for an advisor to review and send you a list of any outstanding graduation requirements you may have.