Students must register for the following courses required for graduation, if not previously taken:
- Constitutional Law*
- Federal Income Taxation*
- Property II*
- Professional Responsibility (by 60th credit hour)
*Full-Time Students Entering Their 3rd Semester (Fall 2021 F/T Starts)
- Unless you are currently taking these courses this summer, full-time students entering their 3rd semester in the fall are required to take Constitutional Law, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation, and Property II.
- See the below ‘Plan Ahead & Registration Instructions’ section for instructions on how to register for your required courses in your original section before adjusting your schedule.
- You may consider registering outside of your section; however, keep in mind that sections may close when other students register outside of their own.
- Should you decide to take a course from another section, it may cause conflicts, some of which we have outlined here.
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 December 2022 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 May 2023 and July 2023 graduates entering their 2nd to last long semester with a GPA of 2.7 or below after the spring 2022 semester.