Full-time students devote a substantial amount of their time during the academic year to the study of law. The full-time program is six semesters long (three academic years) with most classes held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. During their upperclass years, full-time students may also register for courses in the evenings.

During their first year, full-time students take 30 credits of required course work, and have the opportunity to request a seat in an optional  1-credit simulation course during "Week One" which takes place in early January. 

After the first year, full-time students are expected to enroll in 10-16 credit hours each semester and meet the minimum program length requirement. Students are required to take a course in Professional Responsibility and fulfill the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement in addition to their elective course of study. Students who matriculated at the Law Center in Fall 2016 or later must also earn a minimum of 6 credits in experiential courses.

For information on the academic requirements of the J.D. degree, see the Student Handbook of Academic Policies and the website of the Office of the Registrar.

The essays in the Curriculum Guide suggest how upperclass students might design their upperclass curriculum.