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Juris Doctor (J.D.)
I. CORE CURRICULUM
The core curriculum for the Masters of Laws (J.D. equivalent) degree consists of all courses required for graduation for this degree. The philosophy and focus of Handong International Law School (HILS) mandates a comprehensive core curriculum that includes coverage of major areas of law typically included on U.S. bar exams, public and private international law, foundational legal philosophy, and essential legal skills. The precise scope of that core may be adjusted from time to time by the faculty.
The first year curriculum is required for all students and consists of courses normally found in ABA approved law schools. In the second and third years, the curriculum consists of some required core courses and other elective courses from which students may choose. Beyond the core, students may select from a range of courses to complete the 83 hours.
The core curriculum is distinctive in its comprehensive coverage. It currently includes the following key elements:
(1) U.S. Substantive Law (28 credits)
Basic coverage of substantive U.S. law included in the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) including: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Property, and Torts. Other required U.S. law subjects include Civil Procedure and Professional Responsibility.
  • - Civil Procedure (4 credits)
  • - Constitutional Law (4 credits)
  • - Contracts (4 credits)
  • - Criminal Law (4 credits)
  • - Evidence (4 credits)
  • - Property (4 credits)
  • - Torts (4 credits)
(2) International Law (6 credits)
International Law courses including Public International Law and Private International Law.
  • - Private International Law (3 credits)
  • - Public International Law (3 credits)
(3) Skills (9 credits)
Skills courses in Legal Research and Writing and Advanced Legal Writing and Advocacy.
  • - Legal Research and Writing I and II (6 credits)
  • - Advanced Legal Writing and Advocacy (3 credits)
(4) Perspectives (12 credits)
Perspectives courses in Christianity and Law.
  • - Christianity and Law (6 credits)
  • - Christianity and Law Discussion (6 credits)
II. ELECTIVE CURRICULUM
JD Curriculum
Elective courses are offered in all the major core curriculum areas: Perspectives, U.S. Law, International Law, and Skills. In addition, special attention is given to electives in the areas of business and commercial law, Korean and Asian law, human rights, law and development, intellectual property and technology, and legal philosophy and jurisprudence. Some of these courses are small group seminars, and are taught by visiting adjunct faculty during summer sessions, and as modular courses during the spring and fall. The Law School administration seeks to secure faculty for any appropriate course where sufficient students request the course. Elective courses are subject to the availability of instructors and registration requirements are set forth in the Student Handbook.
JD – CURRICULAR TRACK
First Year (1L)

Spring
Required Core Courses
  - Christianity and Law (1)
  - Property (4)
  - Criminal Law (4)
  - Torts (4)
  - Legal Writing and Research I (3)

Summer
Introduction to Oral Advocacy (5)

Fall
Required Core Courses
  - Christianity and Law (1)
  - Contracts (4)
  - Constitutional Law I (4)
  - Civil Procedure (4)
  - Legal Writing and Research II (3)








 
 
Second Year (2L)

 

Spring
Required Core Courses
  - Advanced Legal Writing & Advocacy (3)
  - Christianity and Law III (1)
  - Evidence (4)
 

Required Core Course that may be taken in Spring Semester of either 2L or 3L School Years:
  - Public International Law (3)
  - Private International Law (3)

Summer
  • - HILS Summer Program Courses
  • - HILS-Regent Co-op Program
  • - Internship

Fall
Required Core Courses
  - Christianity and Law IV (1)
 
Required Core Courses that may be taken in Fall Semester of either 2L or 3L School Years:
Private International Law (3) or Public International Law (3)

 
Third Year (3L)
Spring
Required Core Courses
  - Advanced Legal Writing & Advocacy (3)
  - Christianity and Law V (1)
  - Evidence (4)
 
Required Core Course that may be taken in Spring Semester of either 2L or 3L School Years:
  - Public International Law (3) or Private International Law (3)

Summer
  • - HILS Summer Program Courses
  • - HILS-Regent Co-op Program
  • - Internship

Fall
Required Core Courses
  - Christianity and Law VI (1)
 
Required Core Courses that may be taken in Fall Semester of either 2L or 3L School Years:

  - Private International Law (3) or Public International Law (3)

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Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)
© 2015 Handong International Law School. All rights reserved.