Graduate Legal Research and Writing II

Section 2, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/19
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • F
  • 1300-1400
  • WB103
01/28/2022 04/29/2022

Course Description

The course covers fundamentals of U.S. legal research materials and methods, and focuses on various forms of descriptive legal writing. This yearlong offering is graded and carries two academic credits, one credit per semester. The fall semester explores sources of U.S. law through research exercises and short writing assignments, including Bluebook citation. The spring semester addresses descriptive (predictive) legal reasoning and writing, with a brief introduction to prescriptive (academic) legal writing.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A 3000-4500 word legal brief and a 3000-4500 word research memorandum on a relevant topic in comparative law (submitted directly to professor, not via EXPO).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: LLM or SJD-Provisional Year status required (not available for JD students) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course offers guidance for class preparation, research, and writing - intellectual skills necessary for regular class work, meeting the upper-level writing requirement, and future professional endeavors. LLM students interested in NY bar eligibility must take this course.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM