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Bar Exam Prep: WVU Law Library Resources

View WVU Law courses on Bar Exam subject areas and on skills classes for the Bar Exam.  

LAW 729. Business Organizations. 4 Hours.

  • Basic introduction to business organizations, their formation, maintenance, and dissolution. Includes agency, partnership, and corporations.

LAW 706. Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction. 2 Hours.

  • This required, first-year course covers key civil procedure concepts including personal jurisdiction, notice and opportunity to be heard, subject matter jurisdiction, diversity jurisdiction, removal, venue, and the Erie doctrine.

LAW 722. Civil Procedure: Rules. 3 Hours.

  • This required, first-year course examines most provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including coverage of pleading, pre-trial motions, joinder, discovery, summary judgment, jury trial rights, and post-trial motions.

LAW 725. Constitutional Law 1. 3,4 Hours.

  • This required, first-year course examines the basic study of the principles of constitutional decision making. Areas of emphasis include the allocation of power within the federal system, procedural and substantive due process, and equal protection of the law.

LAW 726. Constitutional Law 2. 3 Hours.

  • PR: LAW 725. First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and petition.

LAW 740. Conflict of Laws. 3 Hours.

  • Legal problems arising when an occurrence cuts across state or national boundaries, emphasizing questions of characterization, jurisdiction, foreign judgments, recognition and application of foreign law in selected fields of law.

LAW 703. Contracts 1. 4 Hours.

  • This required, first-year course examines the study of operation of contracts in society, what it means to have a contract, how contracts are made, and the manner and extent to which contracts and non-contract promises will be enforced.

LAW 704. Contracts 2. 2 Hours.

  • PR: LAW 703. Examines express and implied conditions precedent, subsequent, and concurrent determining the order and quality of required contract performance, legal excuses for non-performance including mistake, impossibility, impracticability and frustration, and rights of third parties as contract beneficiaries or assignees.

LAW 705. Criminal Law. 3 Hours.

  • This required, first-year course examines the substantive law of crimes including: (1) the philosophical basis for penal systems, (2) the characteristics of particular crimes, and (3) conditions of exculpation.

LAW 618. Criminal Procedure: Investigation. 3 Hours.

  • A course designed to cover all facets of the investigatory stage of criminal procedure: the right to representation by counsel, rules surrounding police practices and procedures of search and seizure, interrogation and identification.

LAW 619. Criminal Procedure: Adjudication. 3 Hours.

  • A comprehensive examination of criminal procedure adjudication covering regulation of prosecutors, defense counsel, pretrial legal issues, pretrial motions, plea bargains, and sentencing.

LAW 727. Evidence. 3 Hours.

  • Rules, principles, and practice of the law of evidence covering judicial notice; real, demonstrative, testimonial and circumstantial evidence; hearsay; and other exclusionary rules, privileges, confidential relationships, witnesses, and other related subjects.

LAW 769. Family Law. 3 Hours.

  • The law in its relation to creation, stability, and breakdown of domestic relations including engagement, marriage, annulment, separation, divorce, alimony and child support, custody, and adoption. (Based on national and West Virginia law.)

LAW 707. Property. 4 Hours.

  • This required, first-year course examines the law of real property in historical and theoretical context. Includes estates in land and future interest, concurrent ownership, methods of obtaining title, modern land transactions, recording, title examination, and the law of servitudes.

LAW 709. Torts 1. 4 Hours.

  • This required, first-year course examines the basic civil common law response to injury. The fault-based liability system for intentional torts, privileges, and negligence. Consideration of fact and proximate cause, joint tortfeasors, and limited duty.

LAW 710. Torts 2. 3 Hours.

  • PR: LAW 709. A continuation of Torts 1. The tort law of land occupiers, damages, defenses, imputed negligence, strict liability, products liability, and modern statutory substitutes for tort law.

LAW 776. Sales and Secured Transactions. 4 Hours.

  • Functional approach designed to use the UCC for commercial and consumer problems. Focus on sale of goods, security interest in personal property, and Articles 1, 2, 6, and 9 of the UCC.

LAW 716. Wealth Transfers. 3 Hours.

  • This course introduces the law of trusts and estates. It covers intestacy distributions, wills, trusts, non-probate transfers, and other associated subjects.

LAW 664. Multistate Performance Test Writing Workshop. 1-2 Hours.

  • Students will gain training in legal reasoning for law school exams, the bar exam, and legal practice, by focusing on the application of substantive law in the context of a Performance Test.

LAW 667. Multistate Bar Exam Skills Workshop. 2 Hours.

  • Provides in-depth training in the legal reasoning needed to successfully answer multiple-choice questions on the bar examination. Geared toward third-year students, and serves as a companion course to the Essay Writing Workshop.

LAW 682: Essay Writing Workshop 1. 1 Hour.

  • A bar review course focusing primarily on the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE); includes strategies for taking the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), and Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE).

LAW 683: Essay Writing 2 (Practical Legal Writing 2). 1 Hour.

  • PR or CONC: LAW 682. Open by invitation only, a one-hour extension of LAW 682 for students who would benefit from additional review and who must register for LAW 682 concurrently.