Juris Doctor: Daniel Webster Scholar Honors (J.D.)


The Daniel Webster Scholar (DWS) Honors Program is practice-based program designed to make students client-ready upon graduation.  Students admitted to the program take six DWS-specific courses that involve substantial simulation.  These courses are Pretrial Advocacy; Trial Advocacy; Negotiations and Dispute Resolution; Business Transactions; a miniseries covering six areas, including Family Law, and Conflict of Laws; and a client counseling capstone course that integrates and builds upon the skills the students have already learned through the program. 

Students apply to the program at the end of their 1L year and begin in the Fall 2L semester.  Students who participate in the program do not take the traditional bar examination but rather are evaluated for bar admission based on their performance during the two-year program—the program itself serving as a variant of the bar examination.  

LCR 905Criminal Law3
LGP 909Civil Procedure4
LGP 918Constitutional Law I3
LGP 900The Legal Profession1
LGP 920Contracts4
LGP 952Property4
LGP 960Torts3
LSK 921Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research I3
LSK 922Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research II3
Perspectives Course
LPI 912Fundamentals of Law Practice3
or LIP 944 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
Upper Level Required Courses
LDWS 901DWS Trial Advocacy3
LDWS 902DWS Business Transactions3
LDWS 903DWS Miniseries2
LDWS 904DWS Negotiations & ADR3
LDWS 905DWS Capstone2
LDWS 942DWS Pretrial Advocacy (Satisfies Upper Level Writing)4
LBS 907Business Associations I3
LGP 924Evidence3
LCR 906Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Criminal Investigation3
LGP 921Constitutional Law II3
LGP 951Professional Responsibility3
Upper Level Perspectives Courses
LGP 903Administrative Process3
or LBS 932 Personal Income Taxation
Upper Level Writing Requirement2
Upper Level Experiential Learning Requirement6
Daniel Webster Scholar Honors students must complete six credits of experiential course work in either a Legal Residency or Clinical work and studies
Elective Courses11
Total Credits85
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
LGP 909 Civil Procedure 4
LGP 920 Contracts 4
LSK 921 Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research I 3
LGP 900 The Legal Profession 1
LGP 960 Torts 3
LGP 918 Constitutional Law I 3
LCR 905 Criminal Law 3
LPI 912
Fundamentals of Law Practice
or Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
LSK 922 Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research II 3
LGP 952 Property 4
Second Year
LDWS 942 DWS Pretrial Advocacy 4
LGP 921 Constitutional Law II 3
LGP 951
Professional Responsibility
or Evidence
LGP 903
Administrative Process
or Business Associations I
LBS 932 Personal Income Taxation 3
LDWS 901 DWS Trial Advocacy 3
LDWS 903 DWS Miniseries 2
LDWS 904 DWS Negotiations & ADR 3
LGP 951
Professional Responsibility
or Evidence
LGP 903
Administrative Process
or Business Associations I
Third Year
LDWS 902 DWS Business Transactions 3
LCR 906 Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Criminal Investigation 3
Legal Residency or Law Clinic 6
Elective Courses 0-5
LDWS 905 DWS Capstone 2
Legal Residency or Law Clinic 6
Elective Courses 4-9
 Total Credits85-95
  • Legal analysis and reasoning: Graduates will be able to identify, comprehend, and apply the relevant substantive and procedural laws to solve a legal issue, informed by an understanding of the diversity of viewpoints on and contexts for any issue.
  • Written and oral communication: Graduates will be able to present material effectively in these formats for both objective analytical and advocacy purposes across a range of settings, including in the courtroom.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will be able to act in an ethical, respectful, and self-aware manner with all other stakeholders, including clients, employers, and the court.
  • Legal research: Graduates will be able to navigate and assess relevant legal authorities using appropriate tools.
  • Public service: Graduates will be able to contribute productively to strengthening the justice system, with a sensitivity toward the needs of people facing societal barriers.
  • Problem solving: Graduates will be able to engage in focused and pragmatic collaboration toward goals.
  • Client counseling and management: Graduates will be able to provide trustworthy and responsive action upon clients’ matters.
  • Factual investigation and analysis: Graduates will be able to implement a strategic plan for information-gathering, which includes the ability to iterate on the plan as needed, and evaluate the results of the information obtained.