Wayne State University

The program

Wayne Law offers three program options for the first year of study to meet the various needs of a diverse student body. They include a full-time day program, a combined day and evening program, and a part-time evening program

First-year students learn fundamental legal theory, as well as how to identify and analyze legal issues, through introductory courses including:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Property
  • Torts

As a first-year Wayne Law student, you will participate in a weeklong orientation program to introduce you to our legal system, the case method, and the procedures and analytical skills needed in the first weeks of law school. With your classmates, you will use these new skills to analyze a hypothetical problem. Orientation also will provide informal opportunities to help you meet your fellow students and Wayne Law faculty members.

Legal and research writing First-year program options Upper-class program Degree requirements

"Going to law school represented a major economic sacrifice, so I had to work to supplement my GI Bill benefits. Wayne Law had, and has, a night school program, which was of high quality and made it possible for me to complete my studies and join the bar."

Bruce Miller
General Counsel, Metro AFL-CIO, Detroit; founder, Miller Cohen PLC, Detroit
Wayne Law Class of 1954

Training the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders