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Summary of Graduation Requirements Check List

General Requirements

  • 90 units*
  • 45 units or more completed at CWSL
  • Cumulative GPA 2.0 or better
  • Final trimester GPA 2.0 or better

11 units of Experiential (EXP) course work

  • 3 units from STEPPS
  • 2 units from Legal Skills 2
  • 6 units from EXP courses, clinics, or externships

Scholarly Writing Requirement

  • Legal Scholarship Training Seminar
  • SW course

Required Courses (courses completed with grade of D- or higher)

First year

  • Civil Procedure I
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Contracts I
  • Contracts II
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts I
  • Legal Skills I
  • Legal Skills II
  • Property I
  • Property II

Second year

  • Constitutional Law I
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • STEPPS 6 units (two, 3-unit semester long courses
  • Torts II

Third year

  • 44 elective units

Were you required to take the Academic Achievement Workshop?

  • Yes
  • No

If yes, I will have completed, with a grade of C or better:

  • All required Second year courses (listed above)
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Business Organizations
  • Remedies
  • Community Property
  • Trusts & Estates

* If graduating with more than 90 units, must obtain approval by the Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

* Note: All fees and tuition charges must be paid in full. A student cannot graduate while in “Past Due” status.

Academic Achievement Workshop (AAW) Requirements

Per Academic Policy 2.01(C), students who take the Academic Achievement Workshop (AAW) must complete the following courses with an overall C GPA across all upper division bar courses in order to graduate.


Students who are interested in the following programs must plan their schedules carefully. Find information about these programs on the CWSL website. 

  • Areas of Concentration
  • Clinical Externship Program - Field Placement [3Ls only]
  • Clinics - Trademark, New Media Rights, Community Law, etc.
  • Law Review/International Law Journal
  • California Innocence Project
  • Competitive Advocacy Program (Trial, Appellate, ADR Teams) 
  • Summer Abroad Programs