Law Major Curriculum

The legal system is always evolving. Are you up for the challenge? 

At Champlain College, you begin taking Law courses from day one via our Upside-Down Curriculum. This early learning gives you more time to take externships, build your professional background, and practice staying on top of changes in law.

Law Major Curriculum 2020–2021


First Year

First Semester

American National Government
(LEG 100)

Introduction to Law
(LEG 110)

Torts
(LEG 170)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____ 
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Criminal Law
(LEG 140)

Contracts
(LEG 160)

Criminal Procedure 
(LEG 141)

Navigating Your Information Landscape 
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____ 
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Civil Procedure I
(LEG 210)

Legal Research & Writing I
(LEG 240)

Public Speaking 
(COM 110)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Second Semester

Legal Research & Writing II
(LEG 241)

Family Law
(LEG 260)

Civil Procedure II 
(LEG 211)

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Property Law
(LEG 270)

Evidence
(LEG 370)

Constitutional Law
(LEG 410)

Second Semester

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Law elective or general elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Law Externship
(LEG 390)

Law in Context Seminar
(LEG 480)

Law elective or general elective

Law elective or general elective

Law elective or general elective

Second Semester

College Capstone: Law
(CCC 410LEG)

Wills, Trusts, & Estates
(LEG 310)

Law Externship
(LEG 390)

Law elective or general elective