When will classes begin?
The first day of class for each semester is listed on the Bowen calendar.
What happens at Orientation?
You will learn study techniques and how to brief a case. You will meet your academic mentor, an upper-class student who will work with you in a small group setting during the first semester. You will learn about life at the law school and attend a sample class, so that you can â€śhit the ground runningâ€ť on the first day of real classes.
Can I start law school in the spring semester?
No. Our law school admits a new class only once, in the fall, in each division.
How many hours do I need to graduate?
You will need to successfully complete 90 hours to graduate. At the present time, approximately half of those hours are required and the rest are electives.
What are â€śbarâ€ť courses?
Every state except Wisconsin requires attorneys to take and pass a bar exam in order to be admitted to the practice of law in that state. (Wisconsin exempts those applicants who have received diplomas from Wisconsin law schools.) Bar courses are courses in those areas of law tested on the exam. These are largely the same from state to state, although there are minor variations.
Do I get to take electives?
Approximately half of your courses will be electives. The first year is required but beginning your second year in both divisions you will begin taking electives.