Approval of New Courses

V-6. Approval of New Courses

  1. The Curriculum Committee is charged with screening all new course and seminar offerings at the law school and with making recommendations to the faculty concerning new offerings. Unless a course is among those listed on the Permanent Curriculum of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, faculty members proposing to teach a course or seminar should submit the following information, as well as a course description of suitable length for the law school’s course list, to the Curriculum Committee.

A.        Experimental Courses

Whenever possible, proposals for experimental courses for the entire academic year should be submitted by February 15 of the preceding academic year to give the Curriculum Committee enough time to properly consider the addition of the new course. If the February 15 date cannot be met, the “deadlines” for submission are March 1 for fall semester courses and September 15 for spring semester courses.

Experimental courses ordinarily may be scheduled in the curriculum one time upon the approval of the Curriculum committee and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. In exceptional cases, and for good cause, the Curriculum Committee and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may approve an experimental course to be offered a second time before requiring the course to be submitted for full faculty approval as a permanent addition to the curriculum. The Curriculum Committee shall report all approved experimental offerings during the faculty meeting immediately following the Committee’s action. Full faculty approval is required for any permanent addition to the curriculum.

B.        Title, Description, and Justification

Along with the title of the course, the proposal to offer an experimental course must provide an overall description of the course, including its general subject matter, its objectives, and the major issues to be examined or themes to be explored. The proposal should provide a justification for adding the course to the curriculum. For example, the proposal should address how the course relates to other courses offered at the law school, to the law school’s mission, to developments in the legal profession, to fields of intellectual inquiry in the academy, or to courses offered at other law schools. If there is apparent overlap with another course presently offered, the proposal should explain how the new course differs from the existing course, and if there is indeed a significant overlap, whether students should be allowed to receive credit for both courses.

C.        Course Content

The proposal should include materials that detail the subject matter to be covered as well as the structure of the course. If an established textbook will be used, a photocopied table of contents with indications of the parts to be covered will generally be sufficient. Where new materials are being assembled from a number of sources, such as law review articles, or where a test is being created by the professor, a detailed thematic description of the materials should be provide along with a representative sample of the materials. The goal of the Curriculum Committee under this section is to receive some minimal guarantee of the intellectual content and academic rigor of the course materials.

D.        Conduct of the Classes

The proposal should describe the method of instruction and grading and should include a syllabus of the course if it is available. Otherwise, the proposal should describe generally the way the classes will be conducted. For example, will the course principally involve lectures, with grading done on the basis of an examination, or will the class be conducted as a seminar, with a combination of lectures and student presentations of their research projects?

E.        Credit Hours

The proposal should indicate how many credit hours should be allotted to the course and explain why the material will require the number of credits requested.

F.         Restrictions on Enrollment

The proposal should list any prerequisites and justify any restrictions on enrollment (e.g., in the number of students or any special selection criteria to be used instead of open registration).

G.        Permanent Additions to the Curriculum

  1. Report: Once a course has been taught on an experimental basis, the instructor must report back to the Curriculum Committee on the success of the experiment no later than the sixth week of the following semester. The instructor should submit this report whether or not the instructor intends to propose that the course be permanently added to the curriculum. After grades have been posted for the course, the instructor must submit the following items to the Curriculum Committee: (1) the syllabus; (2) the instructor’s narrative evaluation of the desirability of the course. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs should provide a summary of the student evaluations for the course to the Committee.
  2. Faculty Action: Based on the information provided by the instructor and the Associate Dean after an experimental course offering, the Curriculum Committee will recommend to the full faculty whether to adopt or reject the experimental course as a permanent addition to the curriculum. Full faculty approval is required for a course to become a permanent offering.

Adopted by the Law Faculty, November 21, 2003
Revised by the Law Faculty, April 30, 2012


Permanent Curriculum
of the
University of St. Thomas School of Law

Approved List of Courses*

Accounting for Lawyers

Administrative Law

Adoption Law

Advanced Bankruptcy Clinic

Advanced Civil Procedure: Discovery

Advanced Evidence

Advanced Legal Research

Advanced Torts: Selected Topics

Advanced Trial Advocacy

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Antitrust Law

Appellate Procedure

Arbitration Law and Practice

Atrocious Cases

Banking Law


Bankruptcy Clinic


Business Associations

Business Externship

Business Planning

Cannon Law of Marriage

Canon Law: Basic Principles

Canon Law: History

Capital Punishment

Catholic Social Thought

Catholic Society Tradition

Children and the Law

Civil Pretrial Litigation

Civil Procedure I: Pleading and Practice

Civil Procedure II: Jurisdiction and Erie

Client Interviewing and Counseling

Clinic: Elder Law Practice Group

Clinic: Elder Law Practice Group (Adv)

Clinic: Family Law Practice Group

Clinic: Family Law Practice Group (Adv)

Clinic: Immigration Law Practice Group

Clinic: Immigration Law Practice Group (Adv)

Community Advocacy

Community Banking Practicum

Community Justice Project

Comparative Constitutional Law

Complex Litigation

Computer and Internet Law

Conflict of Laws

Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law II

Constitutional Litigation

Consumer Law


Community Banking Practicum

Copyright Law

Corporate Finance

Corporate Governance

Complex Litigation in the US & Abroad

Credit and Payment Devices

Crime and Justice Externship

Crime and Punishment

Criminal Law

Criminal Practice

Criminal Procedure I: Investigation & PreTrial

Criminal Procedure II: Trial and Post-Trial

Critical Perspectives on Law: Race

Current Topics in Law and Social Policy

Disability Law

Domestic Violence

Education Law

Emergency Powers and the Law of Terrorism

Employment Discrimination

Employment Law

Environmental Law

Estate Planning and Administration

Entertainment Law

Ethical Leadership in Corporate Practice

Ethical Leadership in Social Justice

Ethical Leadership-Litigation

Ethics: Work of the Lawyer

European Union Law


Family Law

Federal Courts

Federal Criminal Law

Federal Estate and Gift Tax

Federal Income Taxation

Federal Jurisdiction

Feminist Jurisprudence

First Amendment: Free Expression

First Amendment: Religious Liberty

Food and Drug Law

Foundations of Justice

Genocide: Prevention and Deterrence

Great Books Seminar

Health Law

Health Law Problems of Access

Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality and the Constitution

Immigration Law

Infamous Trials

Insurance Law

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Litigation

International Business Transactions

Intentional Environmental Law

International Finance

International Human Rights Law

International Law

International Law and Catholic Social Thought

International Comparative Family Law

International Organizations

Interprofessional Practice

Interscholastic Moot Court

Introduction to Chinese Law

IP Litigation

Islam and Civil Liberties

Islamic Law

Jewish Law

Judicial Externship Program


Juvenile Law

Labor Law

Land Use Law

Law and Economics

Law and Finance in Emerging Markets

Law and the Problem of Terrorism

Law and Religion: Selected Topics

Law in Literature

Law of Nonprofit Organizations

Law Review (Journal)

LS I: Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing

LS II: Lawyering and Dispute Resolution

LS III: Appellate Brief Writing and Advocacy

Legal Analysis Review

Legal History

Legal Malpractice

Litigation with the Federal Government

Lincoln and the Constitution

MBA Concepts

Media Law


Mentor Externship Program

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

MJF Seminar

Moot Court Competition

Native American Law


Negotiations Competition

No Fault Insurance

Patent Law

Pensions and Employee Benefits

Personal Injury: Automobiles

Poverty Law I

Poverty Law II

Practical Employment Law for Legal Advisor

Professional Responsibility

Professional Responsibility in US & Abroad


Public Interest Externship

Race and the Law

Race, Health Care and the Law

Real Estate Transactions

Refugee and Asylum Law

Religious Faith and Corporate Law

Religious Faith and Corporate Practice



Secured Transactions

Securities Regulation

Sentencing Law

Small Firm Practice

Special Education Law

Sports Law

State and Local Government

Supervised Research and Writing

Tax: Estates, Trusts and Gifts

Taxation: Taxation of Business Enterprises

Taxation: International Tax Planning

The Religious Lawyer

Topics: Federal Communication Clinic

Topics: Federal Tax Law Research

Topics: Insurance Law

Topics: International Finance



Transactional Drafting

Trial Advocacy

Visions of Women’s Leadership

War, National Security and the Constitution

Western Legal History of Marriage

White Collar Crime

Wills, Estates and Trusts I

Wills, Estates and Trusts II

Workers’ Compensation

Wrongful Convictions


*Most, but not all of these courses are currently being offered. The list of currently active courses can be found at

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