First-Year Curriculum


From your first day at KU Law, you’ll be engaged in broad considerations of the role of law in society and specific training in legal research, writing and advocacy.

All first-year students take Lawyering Skills, a course that focuses on the skills and values of the legal profession. Faculty members with extensive legal experience meet with students in a traditional classroom setting and in small groups. By the end of your first year, you will have prepared a brief and argued a summary judgment motion.

The program includes a core curriculum of doctrinal classes. You’ll learn Contracts, Constitutional Law, Property and other key subjects.

You’ll also take one of your other required first-year courses in a small section of about 25 students. These small class sizes provide an informal learning atmosphere and encourage in-depth discussions and critical analysis.

First-Year Courses

Learn more about the first-year curriculum in the course descriptions below.


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