GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School 

It may only be the spring semester of 2L, but course selection for our fall 3L semester is just around the corner. With only two semesters left before graduation, it’s time to start thinking strategically about what to take to best help us prepare for the bar examination.

According to your school, some of these suggestions may be mandatory, in which case you’re already one step ahead! Non-degree required courses are of course optional, and taking them should not serve as a replacement for traditional bar prep, however, they may help you feel more confident going into bar prep!

The Courses you Probably Already Have … but Should Review Throughout 3L

  1. Civil Procedure
  2. Torts
  3. Contracts
  4. Constitutional Law
  5. Criminal Law

The Courses You Should Consider Taking

  1. Advanced Civil Procedure
  2. Advanced Contracts and/or Contract Drafting
  3. Property Law
  4. Evidence
  5. Estate Law or Wills and Trusts
  6. Corporations
  7. Secured Transactions
  8. Family Law

Other Generally Useful Courses

  1. Professional Responsibility (note, this is especially useful for the MPRE)
  2. Advanced Legal Research and Writing (or a similar writing-intensive course)