Wayne State University

First-year program options

To meet the diverse needs of today's law students, the Law School offers three program options for the first year of study in the J.D. program.

Full-time day program

The first-year day program is a full-time, two-semester program that begins only in the fall. Students must take all required first-year courses, totaling 30 credit hours. The courses are:

Fall
Civil Procedure A
Contracts A
Criminal Law
Torts
Legal Research and Writing

Winter
Civil Procedure B
Contracts B
Constitutional Law I
Property
Legal Research and Writing

Part-time evening program

The Law School offers a part-time program that enables students to complete their J.D. requirements in four to six years. The first-year evening curriculum is mandatory and consists of the following courses, totaling 16 credits:

Fall
Civil Procedure A
Contracts A
Legal Research and Writing

Winter
Civil Procedure B
Contracts B
Legal Research and Writing

In the second year of the evening program, students take the following courses totaling 14 credits:

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Property
Torts

Second-year evening students also may choose additional electives. Evening classes generally begin at 6:10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A number of courses are offered starting at 4 or 4:35 p.m. for easy accessibility by both day and evening students. Class size is generally smaller in evening courses.

Full-time combined day and evening program

The combined day and evening program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to complete law school in three years but who prefer to take as many classes as possible in the evening. The program may be elected by any applicant.

In the combined day and evening program, first-year students must take the following courses:

During the evening:

Fall
Civil Procedure A
Contracts A
Legal Research and Writing

Winter
Civil Procedure B
Contracts B
Legal Research and Writing

During the day, students must take one or both of the following courses each semester:

Fall
Criminal Law
Torts

Winter
Constitutional Law I
Property

During the second year of the combined program, students must take in the evening any of the required courses not taken during the first year.

Students in the combined program who complete all five courses open to them in both the fall and winter semesters will have 30 credits at the end of their first year, allowing them to complete their degree in three years by maintaining a full-time schedule during their second and third years.

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