Course Selection Guide

We’re here to guide you—from Day 1 through to your JD.

Congratulations on satisfactorily completing your first-year courses at Creighton School of Law! From here you’re required to earn 57 additional hours to graduate. To achieve that, you must take an average of 14 to 15 hours in each of your last four semesters. To reduce that number, you can take summer courses. 

Your Next Courses

In your second year (or in your third year with permission from Associate Dean for Academic Affairs), you must complete:

  • LAW 335 Business Associations (4)
  • LAW 341 Criminal Procedure (3)
  • LAW 355 Evidence (3)
  • LAW 205 Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills II (2)
  • LAW 203 Professional Responsibility (3)
  • LAW 429 Commercial Law (3)
  • LAW 457 Trusts & Estates I (3 or 4)

Professional Skills Courses

Students who matriculated prior to Summer 2016 need to complete one course from the courses listed below. Students who matriculated as of Summer 2016 or thereafter need to complete six credit hours from the courses listed below.

Enrollment in an Externship (LAW 400) or the Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic (LAW 388), both of which will earn students one classroom credit and three non-classroom credit hours, can be used toward satisfying this requirement.

The following courses qualify as experiential learning classes and can be used toward satisfying the Professional Skills Requirement for graduation:

  • LAW 312 Advanced Legal Writing and Drafting (2 or 3)
  • LAW 308 Advanced Trial Practice (3)
  • LAW 310 Alternative Dispute Resolution (2)
  • LAW 486 Appellate Litigation (3)
  • LAW 301 Arbitration/Trial Law Theory (1) 
  • LAW 434 Commercial Contract Drafting  (2 or 3) 
  • LAW 328 Client Interviewing and Legal Counseling (3)
  • LAW 441 Cross Examination Skills (3)
  • LAW 345 Defense of Criminal Cases (2)
  • LAW 353 Estate Planning (2)
  • LAW 400 Externship (1 classroom credit and 3 non-classroom credits)
  • LAW 358 Family Law Practice (3)
  • LAW 372 International Business Contracting (3)
  • LAW 394 Legal Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling (3)
  • LAW 404 Mediation Process (3)
  • LAW 388 Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic (1 classroom credit [letter-graded] and 3 non-classroom credits [graded on a pass/fail basis])
  • LAW 410 Negotiation (3)
  • LAW418 Prosecution of Criminal Cases (2)
  • Participation in interschool competitions listed in Academic Rule 6.7(b) for which there is a significant classroom component (2 hours minimum)
  • LAW 431 Scientific Evidence (3)
  • LAW 435 Selected Research Topics (2 credit minimum. Requires approval of the academic dean)  
  • LAW 455 Trial Practice (3)
  • LAW 446 Trial Team (3) 

Your Remaining Courses

The rest of your courses in your second and third year will be electives. Choosing these courses is up to your discretion. You’re encouraged to choose classes that meet both your educational goals and your interests.

*Must be certified in writing by both a faculty member and the dean to satisfy the Professional Skills requirement.