In academic year 2014-15, Penn State Law will operate as a unified, two-campus law school for current upper level students and first year students entering in August 2014. Beginning with students admitted in fall 2015, the two campuses will operate as separate law schools. The programs described on these pages are part of the unified Penn State Law program.
The J.D. program at Penn State Law is a three-year, six-semester course of study offered in University Park, Pennsylvania and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The first-year curriculum and certain upper-level courses are required; all other courses are elective.
First Year- Fall
- Civil Procedure (4 credits)
- Criminal Law (3 credits)
- Elements of Law (3 credits) — Effective with the class entering Fall 2010
- Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I (2 credits)
- Torts (4 credits)
First Year- Spring
- Criminal Procedure (3 credits) — Effective with the class entering Fall 2010
- Constitutional Law I (3 credits)
- Contracts (4 credits)
- Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (2 credits)
- Property (4 credits)
Second or Third Year
Required Professional Skills Course
To earn a J.D. degree a student must complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Professional Skills course, in addition to the other J.D. Degree Requirements.
The following courses satisfy the Professional Skills Course graduation requirement:
- Course List for students entering the Law School in and after Fall 2011
- Course List for students entering the Law School prior to Fall 2011
Required Seminar Course
To earn a J.D. degree a student must complete with a grade of at least C one course designated as a Seminar course, in addition to the other J.D. degree Requirements.
All courses designated as "SEM" in the Course Descriptions satisfy the seminar course graduation requirement.