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First-Year Curriculum

From your first day at KU Law, you’ll be engaged in both 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 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.

You’ll also take one of your other required first-year courses in a small section of about 20 students. These classes provide an informal learning atmosphere and encourage in-depth discussions and critical analysis.

First-year courses include:

LAW 804 Civil Procedure
This course will examine all phases of the litigation process in civil actions. Specific subjects covered may include: pleadings; discovery; disposition of cases without trial; the right to jury trial; post-trial motions; appeals; the bases for jurisdiction over persons and property; notice; venue; subject matter jurisdiction; choice of federal or state law in diversity cases; joinder of claims and parties; and preclusive effects of judgments. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mulligan,Lumen
MTW 08:10-09:05 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
W 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
4 20520
LEC Sward,Ellen E.
WRF 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
W 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
4 20525
LEC Sward,Ellen E.
WRF 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 127 - LAWRENCE
W 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 127 - LAWRENCE
4 20523
LEC Hines,Laura J.
W 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 109 - LAWRENCE
F 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
RF 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
4 20524
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law
An introduction to the law of the United States Constitution, including the historical context and evolution of constitutional principles, methods of constitutional interpretation and analysis, and basic doctrine concerning the structure of government and the protection of individual rights. Doctrinal coverage includes separation of powers, federalism, equal protection, due process, and freedom of religion. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

LAW 809 Contracts
An introduction to contract law, including topics such as offer and acceptance, consideration, contracts enforceable without consideration, defenses to enforcement of contracts, terms of contracts and their interpretation, performance and breach of contracts, remedies for breach, third-party beneficiaries, and assignments. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

LAW 814 Criminal Law
An introduction to substantive criminal law, including theories of punishment, basic stages of the criminal process, culpability, defenses, parties to crime, conspiracy, attempts, sentencing, homicide, and other selected offenses. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I
This course introduces students to legal systems and the skills of lawyers. It includes instruction and discussion on legal traditions, legal institutions and legal methods. It focuses on developing students' skills in legal reasoning, writing and research. Students will complete numerous research and writing assignments, culminating in an open memorandum. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six,Betsy Brand
T 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 108 - LAWRENCE
R 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
2 20528
LEC Hayden,Chelsi K
TR 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
2 18013
LEC Six,Betsy Brand
T 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
R 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
2 18016
LEC Rosenberg,Joyce Rebecca
T 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
R 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
2 18014
LEC Keller,Pamela Von Essen
T 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
R 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
2 18858
LEC Hayden,Chelsi K
R 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 109 - LAWRENCE
T 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 109 - LAWRENCE
2 18015
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II
In this course, students build on the research and writing skills they developed in the first semester and practice additional skills such as client interviewing, negotiation and mediation. Students learn about the expectations and demands of lawyers and the legal profession through instruction on bar admission, professionalism, and ethical advocacy, and by working on assignments in a simulated lawsuit. Student work culminates in an advocacy brief and subsequent oral argument. Required course. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

LAW 826 Property
An introduction to personal property law and to real property law, which includes adverse possession, estates in land, cotenancies, landlord-tenant law, easements, and real covenants, and which may include other private and public land use controls, eminent domain, and conveyancing. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Delatorre,Phillip E
MTWR 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 109 - LAWRENCE
4 24341
LEC Kronk,Elizabeth
MTW 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
M 09:15-10:10 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
4 24342
LEC Yuille,Lua Kamal
MTW 01:35-02:30 PM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
W 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 104 - LAWRENCE
4 24344
LAW 831 Torts I
Fall semester. Development of liability based upon fault. Intentional torts, including battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of mental distress, trespass to land and chattels, conversion, and privileges. Negligence, including standard of care, causation, limitation of duty, defenses, and comparative negligence. Survival and wrongful death. Strict liability. Damages. Required course. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Westerbeke,William E.
RF 08:10-09:05 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
RF 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 107 - LAWRENCE
4 29501
LEC McAllister,Stephen R.
MTW 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
M 02:40-03:35 PM GRN 106 - LAWRENCE
4 29502
LEC Kautsch,Mike
MTW 11:25-12:20 PM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
M 10:20-11:15 AM GRN 203 - LAWRENCE
4 29503

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