Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum

The Academic Resource Center strongly encourages all students to follow the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum because the Curriculum exposes students to the essential content areas and skills they will need to pass the bar exam on their first attempt.

The Academic Resource Center Team is available to respond to students' questions about the curriculum and assist with schedule planning. Students can reach the Team by calling the Director of Bar Studies at 206.398.4323 or emailing lawarc@seattleu.edu with 2-3 dates and times they are available to meet.

Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum

Business Entities (4 credits) 
Trusts & Estates with the Trusts & Estates Lab or Trusts, Estates, & Enhanced Analytic Skills (4 credits)
Bar Exam Strategies and Skills (3 credits)
Two additional courses from a list of bar-tested courses that the Vice Dean has generated in consultation with the ARC Team. The current list of bar-tested courses includes:

  • Civil Procedure II (2 credits)
  • Constitutional Law II (3 credits)
  • Criminal Procedure Investigative (3 credits) or Criminal Procedure Adjudicative (3 credits)
  • Family Law (3 credits)
  • Real Estate Transactions (3 credits)
  • UCC Sales (3 credits)
  • UCC Secured Transactions (3 credits)

Requirements for Bottom Third Students

The Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum is required of students in the bottom third of their class at the completion of their first-year courses. Students in the bottom third of their first-year class must complete the Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum in conjunction with the upper-level degree requirements in the following sequence:

Full-Time Students

2L Year

Upper-Level Degree Requirements

  • Constitutional Law (4 credits, fall only)
  • Legal Writing II: Written and Oral Advocacy (3 credits, fall or spring)

Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum

  • Trusts, Estates with the Trusts & Estates Lab or Trusts, Estates, & Enhanced Analytic Skills (4 credits, fall only) 
  • At least two of the following courses (fall or spring): Business Entities (4 credits); Evidence (4 credits); Professional Responsibility (3 credits); Courses from the Bar-Tested Course List (see above)

3L Year

Upper-Level Degree Requirements

Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum

  • Bar Exam Strategies and Skills (3 credits) 
  • Any remaining Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum requirements

Part-Time Students 

Prior to completing 60 credits

  • Trusts & Estates with the Trusts & Estates Lab or Trusts, Estates, & Enhanced Analytic Skills (4 credits, fall only) 
  • One or more  of the following courses: Business Entities (4 credits); Evidence (4 credits); Courses from the Bar-Tested Course List (see above)

Prior to completing 90 credits

  • Any Remaining Upper-Level  Degree Requirements
  • Bar Exam Strategies and Skills (3 credits) 
  • Any remaining Bar Success Prescribed Curriculum requirements 

Registration

The registrar's office will automatically register bottom third students for Trusts and Estates and Bar Exam Strategies and Skills. Students will be asked to submit their section preferences before registration appointments begin. Because registration occurs before spring class ranks are available, initial 2L registration will be based on the prior fall's class ranks.

Modification to or Release from Policy

A student may petition the Vice Dean to modify this policy if application of the policy would prevent the student from participating in an academic program that would be in the student's best interests. At a minimum, the student's petition should:

  1. Identify the academic program the student wishes to participate in.
  2. Explain the policy modification sought.
  3. Explain how the modification is in the student's best interests. 
  4. Include a recommendation from the ARC Team
  5. Include any other information the Vice Dean deems necessary.

A student may petition the Vice Dean for release from this policy, upon a showing of a substantial improvement in the student's academic performance in required and/or bar tested courses. At a minimum, the student's petition should:

  1. Explain why release from the policy is in the student's best interests.
  2. Include a recommendation from the ARC Team
  3. Include any other information the Vice Dean deems necessary.

Updated 4/25/2018

This update includes policy changes approved by the faculty on 4/24/2018.
More information can be found in the Student Handbook