Required Basic-Level Courses

Students must complete all required basic-level courses before enrolling in other courses. When necessary to maintain part-time or full-time status, students may enroll in other courses during the same semester in which they will complete all basic-level courses. Before taking Part II of a two-part basic-level course, students must complete Part I successfully. Some elective courses have prerequisites other than basic-level courses. These are indicated in the description of the course.

Civil Procedure I and II (3-3 or 4-2 cr.) D/N 707-D/N 708 introduces students to jurisdiction and venue in state and federal courts; rules governing civil litigation, judgment, and review.

Constitutional Law (4 cr.) D/N 620 introduces students to the U.S. Constitution. Principal aspects of judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, equality, and fundamental rights will be considered. Part-time evening division students must enroll during their second year. Full-time day division students must enroll during their first year.

Contracts and Sales I and II (3-3 or 4-2 cr.) D/N 512-D/N 513 introduces students to exchange relationships in contemporary American society, with some emphasis on classic contract doctrine and introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code.

Criminal Law (3 cr.) D/N 533 introduces students to basic principles underlying the substantive law of crimes, with special focus on definition of specific offenses and defenses.

Legal Analysis, Research and Communication I and II (2 cr. each) D/N 520-D/N 521 introduce students to sources of law, the nature of precedent, legal research, common law and statutory analysis, objective and persuasive legal writing, appellate advocacy, and the drafting of legal documents.

Property (4 cr.) D/N 509 introduces students to possession and ownership, estates in land, co-tenancies, landlord-tenant relationships, non-possessory interests in land, land purchase and sale transactions, and land title issues.

Torts (4 cr.) D/N 541 introduces students to actions for intentional and unintentional interference with protectable interests. Strict liability and its extensions, alternatives to the torts compensation system, and the impact of insurance and legislation on the common law of torts are also considered.


Additional Courses Required for Graduation

Advanced Research and Writing Requirement (0 cr.)
Each student is required to write a substantial research paper under faculty supervision. This requirement, which must be satisfied prior to graduation and after completion of the basic-level required courses, can be met in several ways: in connection with courses, seminars, law review, or independently. For details on how to satisfy the requirement, consult the current Student Handbook or the Office of the Recorder.

Legal Research (1 cr.) D/N 528
This course is designed to provide law students with the basic legal research skills essential for successful law practice. Topics include sources of law and types of authority, secondary sources, case law, statutes, administrative regulations, legislative history, authority verification, computer-assisted legal research, and developing and implementing a successful legal research plan. Since learning legal research requires a hands-on approach, students are required to complete various weekly assignments involving research problems as well as a final examination. The faculty recommends that students undertake their advanced research and writing project in conjunction with this course. FULL TIME STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS COURSE IN THE FALL SEMESTER OF THEIR SECOND YEAR. PART TIME STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS COURSE IN THE SPRING SEMESTER OF THEIR SECOND YEAR. THIS REQUIREMENT, HOWEVER, APPLIES ONLY TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED LARC III BEFORE THE FALL SEMESTER, 2010. As this course will normally be taught online, the law school's distance education policy applies to it.

Professional Responsibility (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 861
covers the history, traditions, and responsibilities of the legal profession as well as ethics of office practice and trial practice, admission, disbarment, and disciplinary proceedings. The number of credit hours will be announced when the course is scheduled.


Students must also complete ONE course from the list below:

Most courses listed below are also listed in the Clinics and Skills sections. Please review the JD program info for complete course requirement explanations.

Advanced Field Research (AFR) (1-4 cr.) D603
Students work outside the classroom under the supervision of a faculty member to conduct factual investigations, interviews, and/or legal research aimed at 1) identifying or advancing potential solutions to a legal or public policy problem or 2) examining the relevance of legal doctrine to a legal or public policy problem. The course emphasizes the deployment of doctrinal learning through experiential projects in the same way that many public interest lawyers respond to policy problems through their work. Projects may include the development of policy papers, draft legislation or regulations, comments on proposed rules, or the production of seminars, workshops, and symposia that convene relevant decision-makers and stakeholders. Prerequisites: Prior approval of supervising faculty member; completion of registration form (available from Registrar). Skills and Writing: Depending on the nature of the project and outcomes, this course may be used to fulfill the Law School’s skills and/or writing requirements. Supervising faculty members will make a preliminary assessment regarding a project’s potential at the time of registration. A final determination will be made upon project completion and must be confirmed by faculty certification that the requirement(s) have been met.

Advanced Legal Research (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 664
builds on the basic research skills and techniques covered in the basic course, Legal Research, this course offers students an opportunity to gain in-depth working knowledge of legal research resources and methods. This course is intended to develop a mastery of legal research beyond the level of the standard first year curriculum. The course will cover several major areas of legal research, including, but not limited to, extensive coverage of primary and secondary sources, practice and specialized topical resources, international law, cost-effective legal research, legislative history and administrative law, legal resources on the Internet and advanced training on LEXIS and WESTLAW. Course objectives are: 1) to expand students’ skills in primary and secondary US legal sources, in all formats; 2) to teach students how to evaluate resources and use them effectively, with particular emphasis on cost-effective research; 3) to help students develop efficient online research skills; 4) to introduce students to some non-legal information resources. Students are required to complete weekly research assignments and a comprehensive research assignment. This is an online course, and the law school’s distance education policy applies.

Advanced Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy (2 cr.) D/N 522
explores advanced techniques in persuasive writing and oral advocacy. The course assignments will cover civil and criminal matters in a trial court setting. P: Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication I and II (DN520 and DN521).

Appellate Clinic (2 cr.) D/N 808
Students represent indigent clients in civil or criminal appeals. Conducted under the supervision of clinical faculty, students are responsible for all aspects of representation, including client communication, drafting motions and briefs to the Indiana Court of Appeals, presenting oral argument and litigating a petition to transfer to the Indiana Supreme Court. P: Completion of 45 credit hours, Criminal Law (D/N 533), Intramural Moot Court (D/N 746), and completion of or enrollment in Professional Responsibility (D/N 861). The following courses are strongly recommended: Evidence (D/N 632), Criminal Procedure: Investigation (D/N 702), and Appellate Practice (D/N 810). Students must submit an application and receive instructor approval prior to registration. (Application: DOC | PDF)

Basic Contract Drafting (2 cr.) D/N 538
This course provides introductory training in the basic techniques of contract drafting. Through classroom discussion, reading assignments, in-class exercises, and drafting assignments, students will learn about different contract concepts; how to translate agreed terms into enforceable provisions that concisely and precisely reflect the contracting parties' intent; and how to draft a logically organized contract in plain English. This course is not available to students who have completed LARC III. P: Completion of Contracts and Sales I & II and LARC I & II.

Civil Practice Clinic (3 or 4 cr.) D/N 808
Students represent clients in a variety of civil matters. These include domestic cases, such as dissolution of marriage, custody, support, paternity, and domestic violence; housing controversies; consumer problems; challenges to administrative decisions of state and federal agencies; and a variety of other general civil problems. This clinic is conducted under the supervision of clinical faculty, but students are responsible for all aspects of representation, including presentations in court and administrative hearings. P: Completion of 45 credit hours and completion of or enrollment in Professional Responsibility (DN861). (Application: DOC | PDF)

Criminal Defense Clinic (3 or 4 cr.) D/N 808
Students represent clients in criminal cases involving a variety of misdemeanor or Class D felony charges. Conducted under supervision of clinical faculty, students are responsible for all aspects of representation, including presentations in court. P: Completion of 45 credit hours, Criminal Law (DN533), Evidence (DN632), Criminal Procedure: Investigation (DN702) and completion of or enrollment in Professional Responsibility (DN861).

Disability Clinic (2 cr.) D/N 808
Under faculty supervision, students interview, counsel, and represent persons with disabilities in administrative appeals. Typical legal problems presented include eligibility for and continuation of benefits based on disability from the Social Security Administration. P: Completion of all basic-level required courses except Constitutional Law.

Health and Human Rights Clinic (3 cr.) D/N 808
In this clinic, students in the Health and Human Rights Clinic engage in domestic human rights advocacy and litigation addressing the social determinants of health. Students directly represent, under faculty supervision, low-income clients from the community, especially workers who have been wrongfully denied their earned wages or are appealing a challenge to their access to unemployment benefits. On issues including workers' rights, students engage in advocacy in the form of appellate briefs, investigations and reports, and public education. These cases and these projects, and companion international projects pursued in partnership with global justice advocates, also provide a platform for the review of issues in international human rights law and comparative law. Students must submit an application to be considered for this clinic. (Application: DOC | PDF)

Immigration Clinic (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 808
Students represent both detained and non-detained clients in immigration matters before federal administrative agencies under the supervision of the professor/counsel. Typical cases involve claims of asylum, family-based immigration petitions (including domestic violence) and crime victim visas. Students may enroll in the clinic for two consecutive semesters. P: Course is open to upper level J.D. students and LL.M. students. Completion of or enrollment in Immigration Law (unless waived by the instructor) and Professional Responsibility is required. Students must receive instructor approval prior to registration. (Application: DOC | PDF)

Interviewing and Counseling (2 cr.) D/N 606
covers interviewing and counseling in the context of legal representation. The course addresses theories and techniques used in interviewing and counseling, utilizing simulation exercises.

Lawyering Practice (2 cr.) D/N 701
is a simulation-based course exploring pretrial planning and preparation skills and values in the context of the attorney-client relationship. Legal relationships, interviewing, counseling, investigation, negotiation, mediation, discovery, and pleadings are considered. Students who enroll at any time in this course may not enroll in Litigation Drafting.

Litigation Drafting (2 cr.) D/N 539
This course focuses on drafting complaints, answers, motions, interrogatories, and other documents required to prepare a case for trial. Trial and post-trial motions may be included. Students will conduct legal research and fact investigation in simulated cases or scenarios. Strategic decisions in case development and the ethics of advocacy will be considered. Students who enroll at any time in this course may not enroll in Lawyering Practice, and this course is not available to students who have completed LARC III.

Mediation Practice (2 cr.) D/N ___
This course examines theories and procedures for resolution of disputes through mediation. It includes mock mediation sessions and other exercises in which each student's skills performance will be evaluated. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the skills requirement for graduation. While students may enroll in this course or in Mediation (DN876) or in Public Policy Mediation in State Government (DN 714), they may not receive credit for more than one of these courses.

Public Policy Mediation within State Government (2 cr.) D/N 714
offers students mediation training, instruction on substantive aspects of public policy mediation in the state government setting, and the opportunity to participate in the mediation process within Indiana's state government. S This course meets for eight hours daily for one week prior to each semester. While students may enroll in this course or in Mediation (DN 876) or in Mediation Practice (DN___), they may not receive credit for more than one of these courses.

Trial Practice (3 cr.) D/N 718
covers trial procedures from selection of jury through opening statements, presentation of evidence, preservation of error, cross-examination, closing argument, and instructions. Students participate in simulated cases. Prerequisite: Evidence. Limited enrollment.

Wrongful Conviction Clinic (2 or 3 cr.) D/N 808
Students represent indigent clients seeking relief from wrongful convictions in state post-conviction and/or federal habeas corpus proceedings. State cases are accepted in cooperation with the Office of the State Public Defender. In the classroom component of the course, students consider federal and state post-conviction remedies and the relevant issues, including eyewitness identifications, false confessions, informants, government misconduct, junk science, and DNA testing. Registration is for 2-3 credit hours, pass/fail, with sixty hours of clinical activity required for each credit hour. Students completing the Criminal Defense Clinic are eligible to register. Without the prerequisite of the Criminal Defense Clinic, registration is in the discretion of the faculty.(Application: DOC | PDF)