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Advanced Writing, Experiential Learning & Skills Requirements

Skills Requirement

Advanced Writing Requirement

Experiential Learning Requirement

Skills Requirement

For students matriculating before the fall 2016 semester, as a condition of graduation, each student must successfully complete the following:

To assure that each student shall receive substantial instruction in professional skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession, all students must fulfill a skills requirement as a condition of graduation from the College of Law.  Students may fulfill the skills requirement by taking one or more of the following upper–class elective courses:

Advanced Appellate Advocacy (6520)

Advanced Legal Research

Advanced Persuasive Writing (6925)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Business Planning (6560)

Civil Pretrial Practice (6565)

Clinic: Civil Legal Services (6930)

Clinic: Defender Aid (6930)

Clinic: Energy, Environment & Natural Resources (6930)

Clinic: Family & Immigrant Justice (6930)

Clinic: International Human Rights (6930)

Clinic: Prosecution Assistance (6930)

Contract Drafting (6935)

Estate Planning (6670)

Estate Planning Practicum (6930)

Summer Trial Institute (6850)

Trial Practice (6850)

Notes: Externships do not satisfy the skills requirement. Not all of these are offered every year; see list of offered courses.

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Advanced Writing Requirement

As a condition of graduation, all students must complete an upper–level writing requirement consisting of a research paper of a minimum length of 5,000 words, exclusive of footnotes. All students must follow a designated standard citation form. Students must submit a detailed outline of the paper to the supervising professor, then must rewrite the paper at least once after the professor reviews the first draft. With the professor's approval, the student can meet the advanced writing requirement in any law school elective course, as long as the above requirements are met. The supervising professor must certify that the writing requirement has been fulfilled.

All student articles written for Law Review, whether published or unpublished, must have a supervising faculty member and otherwise meet all other provisions of the College of Law Advanced Writing Requirement.

A seminar permits the student to fulfill the advanced writing requirement, as a seminar is required to have a writing component that meets the advanced writing requirement. A student may also fulfill the requirement through an independent study or by writing a case note or comment for the law review, under the supervision of a professor. It cannot be satisfied through participation in a clinic.

With proper approval of the professor, the following classes allow students to satisfy the advanced writing requirement:

  • Advanced Oil & Gas Law
  • Advanced Water Law & Policy
  • Bioethics
  • Consumer Protection
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Global Health & Human Rights
  • International Environmental & Natural Resources Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Security

Note: The advanced writing requirement can also be satisfied through an independent study or by writing for law review in good faith, or at the discretion of the instructor in a particular elective class. It cannot be satisfied through participation in a clinic.

Experiential Learning Requirement (6.0 credit hours)

For students matriculating in the fall 2016 semester and after, as a condition of graduation, each student must successfully complete the following:

To assure that each student shall receive substantial instruction in professional skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession, all students must fulfill an experiential learning requirement of 6.0 credit hours as a condition of graduation from the College of Law.  Students may fulfill the experiential learning requirement by taking 6.0 credit hours in the following upper–class elective courses:

 

Advanced Appellate Advocacy (6520)

Advanced Legal Research

Advanced Oil & Gas Law

Advanced Persuasive Writing (6925)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Business Planning (6560)

Civil Pretrial Practice (6565)

Clinic: Civil Legal Services (6930)

Clinic: Defender Aid (6930)

Clinic: Energy, Environment & Natural Resources (6930)

Clinic: Family & Immigrant Justice (6930)

Clinic: International Human Rights (6930)

Clinic: Prosecution Assistance (6930)

Contract Drafting (6935)

Estate Planning (6670)

Estate Planning Practicum (6930)

Externships (6960)

Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation

Summer Trial Institute (6850)

Trial Practice (6850)

Note: classes may be removed from and/or added to this list each semester.


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