First-Year Introductory Courses
West Virginia University College of Law has a full range of law courses that includes a required set of first-year introductory courses: contracts/torts/property/criminal law/civil procedure/constitutional law/professional responsibility (legal ethics)/and legal research and legal writing.
The range of upper-level courses includes a number of courses in business organizations and practice including the uniform commercial code, intellectual property (copyright, patent), cyber law and international business practice; a number of labor and employment courses, a number of advanced civil and criminal practice courses both theoretical/doctrinal and practical or “skills” courses; as well as a fairly broad offering in health law courses, family law (divorce, child custody, etc.), estate planning, and individual and corporate taxation.
For those who want a supervised, real world, practical experience before leaving law school, third-year students have a clinical law program (14 credits, 2 semesters) option. A four-hour immigration law clinic is also offered. We can accommodate most students who choose clinical experience. We also require a research seminar from a menu of fifteen or more offered each year covering a wide variety of specialized subjects.
Finally, the College of Law offers a number of “perspective” courses such as International Law, Comparative Law, Jurisprudence, and American Legal History to help students see our legal system within the national and global community.