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Weekend Program

On campus classes are scheduled mornings and afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays, and last for 3 hours each. Students can enroll in 6, 9 or 12 credits each semester.

Students have the option to complete their entire legal education taking classes only on the weekend. Weekend classes start in September at the Lansing campus and May at the Auburn Hills and Tampa Bay campuses. Below is one typical schedule you might take in the weekend program. But you have many options. Email us at [email protected] for more information on scheduling options. 

First Year

Term 1: Introduction to Law, Contracts I, Property I, Torts I, Criminal Law
Term 2: ARC Skills Seminars (recommended), Contracts II, Property II, Torts II, Civil Procedure I
Term 3: Personal and Professional Responsibility, Research & Writing, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure II

Second Year

Term 4: Constitutional Law I, Taxation, Evidence
Term 5: Constitutional Law II, Wills, Estates & Trusts, Business Organizations
Term 6: Secured Transactions, Remedies, Choice of one: Pretrial Skills, Sales, or Administrative Law

Third Year

Term 7: Advanced Writing, Electives
Term 8: Practice Bar Exam (recommended), Electives
Term 9: Bar Preparation Course (recommended), Electives

3 Weekend Options

Auburn Hills, Michigan
• Entering classes begin each May
• On campus classes
• Take 6, 9 or 12 credits

Tampa Bay, Florida
• Entering classes begin each May
• On campus classes
• Take 6, 9 or 12 credits

Lansing, Michigan
• Entering classes begin each September
• 4 weeks online, 10 weeks on campus
• Take 6, 9 or 12 credits

Juris Doctor Curriculum »

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.

Knowledge, Skills & Ethics
Required Courses
Course Descriptions(required and elective)
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