First-Year Curriculum and Course of Study
The first-year curriculum in the full-time program introduces students to the building
blocks of American law. The curriculum consists of 31 hours of required courses in
civil procedure, contracts, property, torts, criminal law, and legal methods.
All first-year students are divided into sections of 70 to 80 students, a class size
that facilitates active student participation in the case and problem methods of law
instruction. The Legal Methods course focuses on the skills required to practice law,
including legal analysis, legal research, and legal writing. The Director of Legal
Methods teaches part of the course in lecture format, and adjunct professors teach
the other part of the course in small discussion sections of approximately 12 students.
The adjunct professors are accomplished attorneys working in a wide variety of legal
venues throughout Memphis.
Second Year Curriculum and Course of Study
The required second-year courses expose students to other fundamental areas of law
and to diverse aspects of legal analysis. The curriculum consists of 24 hours of required courses in federal income taxation,
business organizations, federal constitutional law, criminal procedure, the law of
evidence, the law of secured transactions, and the law of decedents' estates. Most
students also enroll in Professional Responsibility during their second year.
Students are required to successfully complete an advanced research and writing project
in a seminar setting of 12 to 14 students. The seminar course permits students to
refine and advance their legal research and writing skills, and provides an opportunity
to work under the close supervision of a faculty mentor.
Students also are required to complete an upper-level skills course. This requirement
may be satisfied with a variety of courses, including Trial Advocacy, Legal Drafting
or a legal clinic.
Electives and Experiential Learning
Beginning in the second year, students can take advantage of Memphis Law's wide range
of elective offerings. These courses permit specialization in specific areas of the
law, such as Taxation or Labor and Employment law, or enable students to gain exposure
to diverse aspects of legal practice. Students may also take advantage of our extensive
Experiential Learning Programs, including the Clinical Program, various externship offerings, and co-curricular activities, such as Law Review and Moot Court.