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 passing grade at least 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:
- Revised Course List (students entering the Law School in and after Fall 2011)
- Pre-Revised Course List (students entering 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.