Graduation Writing Requirement

After attaining 30-credit hours, each student must complete a supervised rigorous writing experience prior to graduation. To satisfy this requirement, each student must complete a course or seminar that is designated by the associate dean as satisfying the requirement.

A course or seminar will satisfy the writing requirement only if:

  • it is for academic credit and graded (pass/fail courses do not qualify);
  • it is taught by a member of the law school faculty;
  • it contains a rigorous writing component that constitutes a substantial part of the grade in the course; and either

    • The professor provides substantial individualized feedback on multiple iterations of a substantial, graded writing project, including feedback on at least one compete draft prior to the student's submitting the final draft of the project, or
    • The professor provides substantial individualized feedback on multiple graded writing projects assigned during the semester.

The associate dean shall determine each semester which courses and seminars meet the above requirements and thus will qualify as courses that satisfy the upper level writing requirement. In making that determination, the associate dean shall consider the number and nature of writing projects assigned; the opportunities a student has to meet with a writing instructor for purposes of individualized assessment of the student's written products; the number of drafts that a student must produce of any writing project; and the form of assessment used by the writing instructor. Courses that satisfy the requirement then will be designated on the course schedule and other records with the designation "R" in their course numbers.

The following will not satisfy the writing requirement:

  • Skills courses where grading is primarily based upon performance simulations;
  • Externships;
  • Courses that mimic the law firm clerking experience; and
  • Directed Research that is not designated as satisfying the above requirement.

Students are encouraged to satisfy this requirement before the end of their fifth regular semester. Students who have not completed this requirement may not successfully register for their sixth semester without enrolling in a qualifying course or seminar.



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