The Catholic University of America Law J.D. curriculum combines a strong theoretical foundation with sophisticated practical training. Students learn legal doctrine in intellectually challenging classes. They acquire real-world skills through clinical and experiential programs.

The curriculum is informed by our commitment to human dignity, individual freedom, justice, and service to the poor. These values are integrated into the three components of our academic program: core curriculum, practice areas, and practical training.

Core Curriculum

First-year courses focus on analytic skills and understanding key substantive areas of law.

Practice Areas

Upper-level students who want to specialize in a particular area of the law can pursue either a practice area concentration or one of our intensive certificate programs.

Clinics and Practical Training

Through clinics, externships, moot court opportunities, and transition-to-practice capstone courses, The Catholic University of America Law experience prepares students to graduate with practice-ready skills.