(Information last updated 01/06/2023.)
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION (REQUIRED)
All entering Marquette University Law School students are required to participate in the New Student Orientation program. Orientation will combine remote and in-person programming throughout the month of August.
An in-person orientation is currently planned for August 17 & 18, 2023 at Eckstein Hall. Classes begin on August 21, 2023.
As it becomes available over the summer, more information will be forthcoming from Assistant Dean of Students Anna Fodor.
REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES
The first-year curriculum at Marquette Law School, as at most ABA-accredited law schools, is completely prescribed. Registration for first-year students is an entirely automated process that will be handled for all entering students by the Law School Registrar. Entering first-year students do not register themselves for their first-year classes.
In mid-July, you will receive information about how to access your TENTATIVE fall schedule. In early August, you will receive an update notifying you that your course schedule is final. At that time, you also will receive information about ordering textbooks. Please wait for confirmation that your schedule is final before ordering your textbooks, as different sections typically require different books.
Full-time students should anticipate a class schedule of Monday through Friday. Fall semester first year courses are: Criminal Law (3 credits), Torts (4 credits), Contracts (4 credits), and Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 1 (3 credits). A typical fall course schedule will include two classes per day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a break during the mid-day. Spring semester first year courses are: Constitutional Law (4 credits), Property (4 credits), Civil Procedure (4 credits), and Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 2 (3 credits).
Entering part-time students may take two or three first-year (1L) courses in each of their first fall and spring semesters during the day with their full-time peers. They must take Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research 1 and at least one, but no more than two, of the following three courses in their first semester: Criminal Law (3 credits), Torts (4 credits), or Contracts (4 credits).
In the second semester, part-time students must take Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research 2 and at least one, but no more than two, of the following three courses: Constitutional Law (4 credits), Property (4 credits), or Civil Procedure (4 credits).
Please note that Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 1 & 2 MUST be taken in consecutive semesters.
Students should anticipate conferring with the Law School's Registrar over the summer regarding available course and schedules options after all tuition deposit(s) are received and prior to registration.
Depending upon the rotation of course offerings, entering part-time students who take two classes will generally have at least three schedule options available each semester:
- 3 days per week, two classes per day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a break during the mid-day
- 5 days per week (Monday – Friday), 1 class per day, mornings only
- 5 days per week (Monday – Friday), 1 class per day, afternoons only
Other schedule options may be available, depending on the class schedule offered in a given semester and whether an individual is taking two or three courses. Again, students should anticipate discussion with Dean Thomson.
Transfer and Visitor Registration
Transfer and visiting students should anticipate meeting with the Law School's Registrar prior to registration to discuss course selection and to register for classes.