Curriculum Planning   

Enrollment Services

If you have any questions related to curriculum planning, that are not answered on this page, please contact a faculty advisor as listed below.

A student may choose either full time-study (normally six semesters taken during the day) or part-time study (normally eight semesters taken during the evening) to obtain the Juris Doctor degree. A transfer between the two divisions is subject to permission of the Dean of Students and must be applied for in writing.

Students should consult the academic bulletin in planning curricula. Care must be taken to meet residency requirements and to follow ABA and Law School rules and regulations on writing requirements, maximum and minimum credit loads, restrictions on employment hours, etc.

The first year and a half in the full-time division or two years in the part-time division have a curriculum which is predominantly mandatory. These classes are the foundation for later electives, seminars and clinical work. Upperclass students have wide latitude in program planning, and many focus their studies in particular fields.

J.D. Curriculum Requirements

Full-Time Day, Evening and Part-Time Day curriculum charts list required courses and the semester in which they must be taken. The curriculum has changed and students can access their specific curriculum by selecting one of the following.

  1. Fall Entering Class of 2015
  2. Fall Entering Class of 2014
  3. Graduating Classes of 2016 and 2017

J.D. Concentrations

The law school has three formal "concentrations" (Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Compliance.) Select one of the following to learn more and remember to check for detailed instructions in registration materials distributed to students in the fall and spring semesters.

  1. Health Law
  2. Intellectual Property
  3. Compliance

  • Equivalency Courses

    Only one course of each set of courses listed below may be used towards graduation requirements.
    Set 1
    Advanced Civil Practice (PRMD9218)
    or Advanced Criminal Practice (PRMD9219)
    Set 2
    Advanced Civil Practice: The Simulated Law Firm (PRMD9220)
    or Advanced Civil Practice (PRMD9218)
    or Advanced Criminal Practice (PRMD9219)
    Set 3
    Evidence (PRMD7201)
    or Evidence - Theory & Practice (PRMD7205)
    Set 4
    Federal Criminal Law (CRJU7404)
    or White Collar Defense (CRJU7405)
    or White Collar Prosecutions (CRJU9421)
    Set 5
    Issues in Corporate Governance and Securities Regulation (CORP9130)
    or Securities Regulation (CORP8131)
    Set 6
    Law of Death & Dying (HLTH9509)
    or Birth, Death & the Law (HIPH9513)
    Set 7
    Negotiation Skills: Civil Litigation (PRMD9234)
    or Advanced Negotiation Skills (PRMD9226)
    or Negotiation Skills: Criminal Litigation (PRMD9236)
    or Advanced Negotiation Skills (PRMD9226)
    Set 8
    The Trial of a Civil Matter (PRMD9250)
    or The Trial of a Criminal Case (PRMD9255)
  • Advisors

    Please feel free to contact anyone listed below for an appointment.

    Professor Mark Alexander, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    Cara Foerst, Dean of Students

    Professor Maya Grosz, Director of Legal Practice Curriculum
    (Skills courses)

    Professor John Jacobi
    (Health Law coursework)

    Professor John Kip Cornwell
    (Criminal coursework)

    Professor Paula Franzese
    (Commercial Law coursework)

    Professor Stephen Lubben
    (Corporate Law coursework)

    Professor Jessica Miles

    Professor David Opderbeck
    (Intellectual Property coursework)

    Professor Claudette St. Romain

    Professor Charles Sullivan, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

  • First-Class Assignments

    First class assignments will be available on the Blackboard Course System which is accessible via student's LawNet (PirateNet) account. If professor chooses to post a first class assignment, it will be listed within each student's individual course module.

    Students should check their course(s) periodically for first class assignment(s), but should keep in mind that a first class assignment will only be available if the professor(s) choose to post one for his/her course.

    If you have any questions regarding the first class assignments, please contact Paula Pereira at 973-642-8460.

  • Class Cancellations

    When a professor must cancel a particular class students will be notified as soon as possible prior to the session, either during a prior class if the cancellation is anticipated, or via email if the cancellation is unexpected. 

    If you are uncertain as to whether a session has been cancelled, please visir or contact Enrollment Services at 973-642-8460.