The professors who teach Legal Writing II in the spring of the first year select a subject matter for the class based on their experience and expertise. Current subjects include criminal law, sports law, natural resources law, constitutional law, civil rights, and environmental health law. Students select a class subject based on their interests and proceed to develop sophisticated legal writing skills in the context of compelling real-life topics. Our highly-trained professors work with every student one-on-one to provide careful and detailed critiques of the student’s writing. By the end of the first year, students are ready for any summer position that requires proficiency in legal research and writing.
The required Legal Writing Program culminates with Appellate Advocacy, a course students take in the fall of their second year. Students learn advanced legal writing and appellate advocacy skills and ultimately brief and argue real cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. Professors choose high-profile cases of national importance for this exercise, resulting in an engaging and relevant educational experience for students. As a component of the course, many students opt to travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Supreme Court oral argument of the case they themselves have briefed.