Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Under Law School Rule 3.11.1, all J.D. candidates have an “Upper-Level Writing Requirement” and are required to complete one rigorous writing experience after completing the First-Year Program.

Students who began law school in Fall 2010 or 2011 satisfy this requirement in Legal Research & Writing II, taken either in the third or fourth semester of study.

Students matriculating before Fall 2010 or after Fall 2011 must satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement separately from their Legal Research & Writing I and II courses. Courses and curricular offerings that meet this requirement are designated by the Dean. They include, for example, advanced legal writing courses, law journal writing, and upper-level seminars or courses requiring substantial writing.

Students may find these courses by looking for the designation "LW" in the Notes column of the online course schedule for any semester. Students, however, should check with the course instructor in advance to ensure that they will indeed be able to fulfill the Upper-Level Writing Requirement in the course.

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