The objective of Florida State Law's upper-level curriculum design is to continue the traditional theme of laying the foundation of core legal training while allowing students to experiment with a wide array of specialization and skills curricular offerings. With only two exceptions, all course work after the first year is elective, and thus students are free to develop their own course of study. The only two required upper-level courses are Constitutional Law II and Professional Responsibility, both of which are three credit hours. Students must also complete an upper-class writing requirement.
In preparing a course selection for the second and third years of study, students should consider their career goals, the importance of a well-rounded legal education, bar exam subject areas, and the importance of writing and communication skills as essential to being an effective and competent lawyer. Students are also advised that they should attempt to develop a good sense of the history and jurisprudence of the law as it has unfolded in the legislative, judicial, administrative and private sector arenas. Regularly offered courses in this theme include Jurisprudence, Women and the Law and American Legal History.