The first-year requirements for the J.D. degree are:
- The required first-year courses: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legislation and Regulation, winter term Problem Solving Workshop, Property, and Torts;
- A first-year course in international or comparative law during the spring term;
- First-Year Legal Research and Writing, which includes the First-Year Ames Moot Court Program; and
- A spring upper-level elective course of a minimum of two and a maximum of four Law School classroom credits.
First-year students may take more than one elective course or register for writing credits in addition to one elective course during the Spring term only in special circumstances and with the permission of the Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. First-year students may not generally enroll in upper-level reading groups.