Terms-Off (Full-Time) Schedule
Students attend law school full-time for almost three years (32 months), attending classes two terms per year and receiving one term off per year.
This schedule is modeled after a traditional law school program, which allows students summers off for legal internships. Cooley's program offers entrance in January and May as well as the traditional September start date. Those starting in September will have summers off, while students beginning in January and May are off fall and winter respectively. There are five courses (15 credits) each term. This schedule allows for elective concentrations.
- Term 1: Introduction to Law, Contracts I, Property I, Torts I, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law I
- Term 2: ARC Skills Seminars (recommended), Contracts II, Property II, Torts II, Research & Writing, Constitutional Law II
- Term 3: Off
- Term 4: Personal and Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure I, Business Organizations
- Term 5: Taxation, Civil Procedure II, Remedies, Electives, Choice of one: Pretrial Skills, Sales, or Administrative Law
- Term 6: Off
- Term 7: Wills, Estates & Trusts, Secured Transactions, Electives, Bar Preparation Course (recommended)
- Term 8: Advanced Writing, Electives, Bar Preparation Course (recommended)
J.D. Program Options
Attend part-time for three years (36 months). Designed to offer a manageable schedule for both working and nonworking students.
Complete your entire legal education through weekend classes. Classes start in September at the Lansing campus.
Attend law school part-time for four years (48 months). If you must work while attending law school, consider using this schedule.
Attend full-time for almost three years (32 months), attending classes two terms per year and one term off per year. Take summers off for legal internships.
Attend classes five days per week for two years (24 months). An intensive, full-time program if you are confident you can manage five classes (15 credits) per term.
Attend law school part-time for five years (60 months). Students who must work full-time or have significant other time commitments while attending law school typically use this schedule.
Every student completes 90 credit hours, including 66 credit hours of required substantive and skills-based courses, plus 24 credit hours of elective course concentrations.
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