CURRICULUM

1st Year | 2nd Year | 3rd Year | 4th Year | ALL

First Year

Fall (10 Units)
Spring (9 Units)
Summer (4 Units)
Torts (3)* Torts (3)* Legal Research (2)*
Legal Writing (2)*+ Contracts (3)* Alternative Dispute Resolution (2)
Criminal Law (1)* Criminal Law (3)*
Introduction to Law School and Legal Analysis (1)+  
Contracts (3)*    
   

Second Year

Fall (9 Units)
Spring (9 Units)
Summer (4 Units)
Real Property (3)* Real Property (3)* Civil Procedure (5)*
Wills (3)* Evidence (1)* Taxation (2)
Evidence (3)* Trusts (2)*
Civil Procedure (2)*  
 

Third Year

Fall (9 Units)
Spring (9 Units)
Summer (4 Units)
Business Associations (3)* Business Associations (3)* Elective (2)
Community Property/Family Law (3)* Constitutional Law (3)* Professional Responsibility (2)*
Constitutional Law (3)* Clinical Self-Help Center (3)+
 

*   Core Courses – subject matter tested on the General Bar Exam
+   Pass/Fail Courses

 

ELECTIVES

Elective courses are offered throughout the program in a variety of subjects based upon the availability of the professors and student demand.

Electives currently available at Cal Northern include: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Debtor/Creditor Law, Employment Law, Insurance Law, Internship/Independent Study, Practical Family Law, Special Studies in Civil Discovery and California Workers’ Compensation.

Note: Other electives than those mentioned may be given and will be announced each semester.

EXTERNSHIP AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

POLICY AND PROCEDURES

Cal Northern School of Law encourages students to acquire practical experience in the field by performing legal work as a student intern under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.

Third and fourth year students who are academically in good standing are eligible to apply for externship/independent study units. First and second year students and students on academic probation must receive approval from the Dean to be eligible for externship/independent study units.

Registration for externship/independent study units cannot be retroactive. You must attend an Externship/Independent Study Orientation and turn in your Supervision Agreement form to the Faculty Externship Supervisor, Professor Tony Koester before you can begin counting hours and work toward your units. The hours completed must be substantive legal work (i.e., learning to analyze cases or case decisions, statutes, application of law to fact, developing legal theories and production of written work such as pleadings, motions, replies, discovery, memos, etc.) and not merely repetitive or secretarial in nature.

A maximum of 2-units of credit is allowed on a Credit/No Credit basis, absent approval by the Faculty Senate. For 2-units credit, a minimum of 90 hours must be completed.

In order for externship/independent study units to be included in the calculation of the 84 units required for graduation, the student must pay the required tuition.

It is recommended students complete the externship during the semester for which they enroll but under no circumstances later than the Fall semester of the students 4th year of study.

The Independent Study opportunity is for advanced students to pursue new and different areas of the law not covered in the standard curriculum. Generally projects will be awarded no more than 2 units of credit, based upon the amount of identifiable and pre-approved time spent in research and writing.

Before a student may register for Independent Study, the student must first petition the Externship/Independent Study Faculty Supervisor for permission, submitting a detailed written proposal prepared by the student and receive approval by the Externship/Independent Study Faculty Supervisor in advance of beginning the project. The written proposal must include a time-line of steps to be taken and the estimated number of hours of each step, including research, drafts, editing and writing.

Upon approval by the Faculty Senate, a student may substitute externship/independent study units for any CNSL elective course. Electives currently available at the Law School include: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Debtor/Creditor Law, Insurance Law, Practical Family Law and Administrative Law. Other electives may be given and will be announced in the class schedules published each semester.

EXTERNSHIP AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

SCHEDULE OF DUE DATES

SUMMER SESSION MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE DUE ON:

FALL SESSION MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE DUE ON:

  • June 15
  • July 15 (Extern Evaluation Report Due)

FALL SESSION MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE DUE ON:

  • September 15
  • October 15
  • November 15
  • December 15 (Extern Evaluation Report Due)

SPRING SESSION MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE DUE ON:

  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 15
  • May 15 (Extern Evaluation Report Due)