Legal Research and Writing (YR)
The basic skills course in the first-year curriculum, Legal Research and Writing covers fundamental legal research techniques, two styles of legal writing, and oral advocacy. In the fall semester, students complete various research and citation exercises and write three office memoranda of increasing length and complexity. In the spring semester, students write an appellate brief and present an appellate oral argument before a panel of alumni, faculty, and Dillard Fellows (upper-level teaching assistants).
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.