Accelerated Program Required Courses

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Graduation Requirements for the Accelerated Program

Graduation requires 90 course credits, plus 30 hours of public service work. Please consult the Academic Rules in our Student Handbook for more detailed information on our graduation requirements.

First Year 

Terms 1 – 3

In our required litigation and transactional skills labs, you will draft complaints and contracts, engage in discovery, interview clients, and develop the skills that practicing lawyers need and which their employers value.

A Gonzaga Law tradition, in Legal Research and Writing I and II, you will learn to communicate with lawyerly precision and clarity while simultaneously honing your analytical and research skills. You will stay in the same section of LRW in both the fall and spring terms.

First Term – Summer 2017:

  • Constitutional Law I – 3 Credits
  • Contracts – 4 Credits
  • Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership – 3 Credits
  • Lawyers as Agents of Change – 3 Credits
  • Legal Analysis – 1 Credit

Second Term – Fall 2017:

  • Civil Procedure – 4 Credits
  • Criminal Law – 3 Credits
  • Legal Research & Writing I – 2 Credits
  • Litigation skills and Professionalism Lab – 2 Credits
  • Torts – 4 Credits

Third Term – Spring 2018

  • Legal Research & Writing II – 2 Credits
  • Property – 4 Credits
  • Transactional Skills lab – 2 Credits
  • Electives – 6 – 8 Credits

With the exception of your electives in the spring term, you will be automatically registered for your courses by the Registrar’s Office, and notified by email when registration has been completed. Sections are assigned randomly.

Terms 4 – 6

After the first three terms, you will choose from a wide variety of classes that emphasize practical skills, theory or a combination of both.

You will be required to take the following courses over the next three terms:

  • Constitutional Law II – 3 Credits
  • Evidence – 3 Credits
  • Legal Research & Writing III – 2 Credits (only available in fall)
  • Legal Research & Writing IV – 2 Credits (only available in spring)
  • Professional Responsibility – 3 Credits
  • Experiential Learning – 8 Credits

Electives – 32 credits

Experiential Learning

Learn By Doing

You will be required to engage in experiential learning, serving real clients while working with practicing lawyers or judges.

You can complete this requirement in our legal clinic or in community placements through our externship program beginning in term four.

Students in the Accelerated program must fulfill 8 credit hours of experiential learning to complete their degree.

You need to apply for an externship or clinic experience. Contact the externship or legal clinic for application information each term.