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Curriculum

TMSL's curriculum places particular emphasis on both bar preparation and available areas of advanced study to support the student's professional goals. Curriculum oversight, policy, and structure are determined by the Law School's Curriculum Committee. The first year program emphasizes traditional first year course offerings in a five section format that is tailored to our students' particular needs and background. Download the curriculum in pdf format

 

First Year (Required Courses) 31 Hours

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 504

Contracts I*

3

Law 505

Contracts II*

3

Law 506

Property I*

3

Law 507

Property II*

3

Law 508

Torts I*

3

Law 509

Torts II*

3

Law 900

Lawyering Process I

3

Law 930

Lawyering Process II

2

Law 510

Civil Procedure I

3

Law 511

Civil Procedure II

2

      Law 530 Criminal Law 3

 

 

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Second Year (Required Courses) 27 Hours

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 600

Evidence

3

Law 601

Criminal Procedure

3

Law 540

Constitutional Law I

3

Law 514

Trial Simulation*

[satisfies part of the six hour requirement of experiential learning effective for those entering in fall 2016 and thereafter

4

        Constitutional Law II 3
    6     10

 

Courses to be taken anytime during the Second Year

Second Year Required Courses (taken anytime during the second year) 11 Hours

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

*Taken anytime during the second year by students with a GPA below 3.0 at the end of their first year.

 

 

 

Law 920

Appellate Litigation

2

      Law 640 Business Asoociations 3
      Law 509 Wills and Trusts 4
      Law 930 Professional Responsibility 2
          11
           

Third Year (Required Courses)

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 802

Writing Seminar/Independent Research*

2 or 3

Law 711

Consumer Rights**

3

Law 610 Commercial Law 4      

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Minimum Additional 2 hours of Experiential Learning Requirement for Graduation

2 or More: Effective for all students entering fall 2016 and thereafter.

* Taken anytime during the second or third year.

** Taken anytime during the third year by students with a GPA below 3.0 at the end of their first year.

ELECTIVE COURSES NEEDED TO EARN 90 CREDIT HOURS
66/67 required hours need 24/23 Elective Credit Hours

69/70 required hours need 21/20 Elective Credit Hours

90 TOTAL Credit Hours, including electives, to qualify for graduation.

It is the student’s duty to ensure that all required courses plus electives are earned.  Please review your transcript each semester to ensure that your transcript bears all courses completed, all credit hours earned, and 90 hours needed to graduate.

Fall/Spring Semester

Fall/Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 982

Multistate Performance Test

2

Law 990

Advanced Bar Review

3

Law 809

Bar Essay Writing

2

Law 725

Domestic Relations

3

Law 721

Oil and Gas

3

Law 784

Marital Property

2

Law 741

First Amendment

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Elective Courses

Fall/Spring Semester

Fall/Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 790

Amateur Sports

2

Law 747

Civil Rights

3

Law 759

Employment Discrimination

3

Law 825

Employment Law

3

Law 791

Entertainment Law

3

Law 787

Health Law

3

Law 854

Intellectual Property

3

Law 760

International Law

3

Law 726

Juvenile Law

2

Law 924

Law Practice Management

3

Law 757

Local Government

3

Law 985

Music Contracts

3

Law 758

Public Education

2

Law 723

Recreational Injuries

2

Law 789

Sports Law

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Elective Courses

Fall/Spring Semester

Fall/Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 934

Administrative Law Clinic

4

Law 933

Administrative Trial Practice

2

Law 935

Civil Law Clinic

4

Law 932

Civil Trial Practice

2

Law 960

Criminal Law Clinic

4

Law 902

Criminal Trial Practice

2

Law 823

Innocence Clinic

2

Law 822

Innocence Practice

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Externship Elective Courses

Fall/Spring Semester

Fall/Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 908

Civil Externship

4

Law 907

Criminal Externship

4

Law 909

Judicial Externship

4

Law 912

Legislative Externship

12

 

Seminar and Other Offerings

Fall/Spring Semester

Fall/Spring Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 832

Advanced Legal Analysis

2

Law 802

Independent Research 1

3

Law 803

Independent Research 2

3

Law 796

Law Review

2

Law 828

Mock Trial

2

Law 901

Moot Court

2

Law 810

Sem. Bankruptcy Law

2

Law 845

Sem. Jurisprudence

2

Law 850

Sem. Latinos and the Law

2

Law 728

Medical Legal Liability

2

Law 847

Sem. Patent Law

2

 

 

 

 

Summer Elective Offerings

Summer Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Title

Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Law 952

Accounting for Lawyers

2

Law 715

Bankruptcy Law

3

Law 830

Death Penalty

3

Law 858

Family Based Immigration

2

Law 777

Immigration & Criminal Law

2

Law 706

Remedies

3

 

 

 

Notes

Texas Practice and Federal Jurisdiction are no longer required, but students may enroll in them as electives.

All students are still required to complete a writing requirement, either a 2 or 3 hour seminar that meets the writing requirement, or Independent Research, 3 hours.

Class of 2019:  Everyone must enroll in a total of 31 required hours in the fall and spring semesters, no electives. Additionally, everyone must enroll in six (6) required hours of experiential learning.  Courses include Trial Simulation 4 hours, Clinic 4 – 6 hours, Externship 6 hours, TLIP 12 hours.

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