The Law School curriculum combines traditional substantive law courses (like contracts, torts, civil procedure and criminal law) with lawyering skills throughout the three years of legal education.

Major Requirements – Overall

Completion requirements

  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Earn at least 86 credits
  • Successful participation in a clinic
  • Passing grades in all required courses

Elective Courses

Earn at least 10 credits

Major Requirements – Second or Third Year

Complete ALL of the following Courses:

Major Requirements – Third Year

Fulfill ALL of the following requirements:

  • Clinic

Earn at least 26 credits from the following:

The choice of which Clinic and elective courses will be offered is determined each year, and the Law School expressly reserves the right to change or modify these offerings for future years.

Elective Courses

Earn at least 9 credits

Core Doctrine

Complete ALL of the following Courses:

Core Doctrine is a required course for all students. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher by the end of their fifth semester, may opt out of this requirement and take a sufficient number of additional elective credits to satisfy graduation requirements. CUNY School of Law does not round GPAs up or down for the purpose of this opt-out. Thus, a student with a GPA of 3.299 at the end of their fifth semester will be required to take Core Doctrine, while a student with a 3.30 GPA will not.