This is the list of requirements for completion of the J.D. Degree at UNT Dallas College of Law effective for all students entering fall 2015. We encourage you to read more about the goals underlying these requirements, the first-year requirements, the upper-level requirements, and the writing, research and skills requirements. Read more about the Requirements for Award of the J. D. Degree.
FIRST-YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
Fundamentals of Being a Lawyer (1 hour)
Civil Procedure (2 semesters, 5 hours total)
Contracts (1 semester, 4 hours)
Criminal Law (1 semester, 3 hours)
Legal Method (1 hour)
Legal Writing and Research (2 semesters, 6 hours total)
Practice Foundation I: Interviewing and Counseling (1 semester, 3 hours)
Property (1 semester, 4 hours)
Torts (1 semester, 4 hours)
Note: Some first-year required courses may occur in the fall semester of the second year for evening division students.
SECOND-YEAR REQUIRED COURSES
Constitutional Law (3 hours)
Practice Foundation II: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 hours)
OTHER REQUIRED COURSES
Administrative Law (3 hours)
Business Associations I (3 hours)
Effective Oral Communication (2 hours)
Evidence (3 hours)
Family Law (3 hours)
Practice Foundation III: Business of Law (3 hours)
Principles of Accounting and Finance for Lawyers (1 hour)*
Professional Responsibility (3 hours)
Commercial Law (3 hours) (Previously titled Sales)
Wills, Trusts and Estates (3 hours)
Texas Civil Procedure (2 hours)
Texas Criminal Procedure (2 hours)
Capstone: Legal Analysis and Bar Readiness I (3 hours)
Capstone: Legal Analysis and Bar Readiness II (3 hours)
WRITING REQUIREMENT, RESEARCH REQUIREMENT, AND SKILLS REQUIREMENT
Writing requirement: 6 writing segments and a Major Writing experience
Research requirement: 8 research segments
Skills requirement: 10 skills segments
THE EXPERIENTIAL REQUIREMENT
Requirement to take at least 2 courses from the following categories: Practicum, Externship, and Clinic. Subject to approval, two courses can be from the same category.
Satisfactory completion of the Community Engagement Program.
Satisfactory completion of the Louis A. Bedford, Jr. Mentorship Program.
THE PRACTICE-RELATED TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENT
Demonstration of basic proficiency as to practice-related technologies, including case management and time-keeping software; trial and litigation software; word processing; and databases.