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First Year

                                            The registrar assigns all incoming students to a class section (Sections A, B, and C for full-time and Section E for part-
                                            time), and all first-year classes are taken with other students in that section. Students are also assigned individual study
                                            carrels, which are housed together by section. Students spend an entire academic year together, and as a result, the
                                            1L sections form an important and lasting community. Relationships that begin with study groups, happy hours, and
                                            intramural teams develop into life-long friendships and a strong career network.
                                            Fall semester class schedules and section assignments are sent by email in mid-July. The exact order of classes is subject
                                            to change; however, the table below will give you an idea of what to expect. During the 1L year, full-time classes are
                                            generally scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and part-time classes are generally
                                            scheduled between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There are typically no classes between noon and
                                            1:00 p.m., leaving that time available for extracurricular programming and making it easier for students to be involved in
                                            campus life. Some programs are also held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to allow part-time students to attend.

                                               FULL-TIME PROGRAM First Year                 PART-TIME PROGRAM First Year
                                               Fall Semester                     Hours      Fall Semester                     Hours
                                               Contracts                             4      Property                              4
                                               Procedure                             4      Procedure                             4
                                               Torts                                 4      Lawyering Skills and Strategies       3
                                               Lawyering Skills and Strategies       3      Total                                 11
                                               Total                                15
                                                                                            Spring Semester                   Hours
                                               Spring Semester                   Hours      Contracts                             4
                                               Constitutional Law                    4      Torts                                 4
                                               Criminal Law                          3      Lawyering Skills and Strategies       2
                                               Property                              4      Total                                10
                                               Statutory Interpretation & Regulation   3
                                               Lawyering Skills and Strategies       2      Summer Semester                   Hours
    “I found the job that I had during         Total                                16      Criminal Law                          3 3
                                                                                            Statutory Interpretation & Regulation
    the spring of my second year                                                            Total                                 6
    through the CDO’s job bank,
    Symplicity. It’s a great resource for      Note: The order of classes is subject to change.  Fall Semester                Hours
                                                                                            Constitutional Law
    students because of the connections        Brief course descriptions are available online for all the 1L classes listed   Electives  6
    the Law Center works diligently            above.  Total      10
    to foster with alumni all over the
    — Michael Ryan ’15                      1L Mentor Groups
      Former Member, Moot Court             All first-year students are assigned to a mentor group with a professor and an upper-level student. The mentor groups are
      Attorney, Gardere Wynne Sewell        small and include students from the same 1L section. Groups meet periodically during the year to provide support during
      B.A., History; M.Ed., Curriculum &
      Instruction, Texas A&M University     the transition into law school. Mentors give advice on various topics such as adjusting to law school, preparing for final
                                            exams, getting involved in campus life, and selecting courses after the first year.

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