Required Courses


We are in the process of updating the course planning guides that show the courses students are
required to take each semester.


In addition to required courses, students must complete a total of 88 credits, including the following requirements:

  1. Advanced Writing Requirement (AWR): (1) A writing or body of writings produced in an upper-level course or seminar, to be supervised by a full-time faculty member teaching the course (or by an adjunct faculty, in collaboration with a fulltime faculty member and with approval of the Associate Dean); or (2) A writing produced for an Independent Research Project of at least 1 credit, to be supervised by a full-time faculty member; or (3) A writing produced for Law Review or the Moot Court Board, to be supervised by a full-time faculty member; or (4) A writing produced in connection with a Clinic, to be supervised by the full-time faculty member teaching the Clinic. In all options, the student must engage in supervised legal research that culminates in a significant writing or body of writings as specified above, of at least 20 pages, inclusive of footnotes, earning a grade of B or better. The paper must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, in 12 point Times New Roman font, with footnotes in 10 point font.

    The Advanced Writing Requirement must be submitted to the supervising faculty member in final form no later than the first day of a student’s last semester. If a student needs an extension beyond this date, he or she may not be certified for the bar exam immediately following graduation.
  2. Intermediate Skills Requirement (ISR): Students may take any one of the following courses to satisfy the ISR. It is recommended to complete an ISR prior to participation in a Clinic. (a) Practice Module, such as Business Organizations Practice Module, Criminal Procedure Practice Module, Environmental Law Practice Module, Family Law Practice Module, International Sales Law & Arbitration Practice Module, or Trusts & Estates Practice Module; or (b) Simulation courses: Advanced Trial Practice, American Trial Courts; Drafting Commercial Documents; Environmental Crimes: Law & Practice (4 credit course satisfies ISR) Honors Seminar – Current Legal Issues in Government, Honors Trusts & Estates with Module, Interviewing, Negotiating and Counseling, Introduction to New York Court Practice: The Justice Courts, Licensing in Intellectual Property, Pre-Trial Litigation (ISR), Settling Legal Disputes, Solo / Small Firm Practice Skills and Trial Practice.
  3. Public Interest/Clinic Requirement: All students must complete fifty (50) hours of pro bono legal work 1 to be admitted to the bar in New York State. All students (starting in Fall 2014) must participate in a clinic during their final year of study at Touro. The following clinics will satisfy both the Touro requirement and the New York State requirement: Bankruptcy Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Disaster Relief Clinic, Elder Law Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, Small Business and Not- for-Profit Law Clinic, or the Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinic. If you choose to take another clinic, you can satisfy the New York State requirement by participating in pro bono projects offered through the Public Advocacy Center (PAC) or by participating in placements associated with courses. These may or may not provide you with sufficient hours towards satisfaction of the New York State pro bono requirement.

    1 Where the client served, or the services provided, satisfy the definition of pro bono legal work. See the Student Handbook.