Graduate Lawyering I & II

Graduate Lawyering I is a practice-based course for international LLM students focused on legal research, writing, and analysis. The class focuses on skill development and aims to prepare each LLM student to understand and be able to meet the expectations of the US legal environment. The curriculum is composed of several research and writing exercises. Sections are limited to approximately fifteen students and teaching assistants are available to provide additional hands-on advice on topics such as research techniques. We highly recommend enrollment in one of the fall sections of the class. The class provides the opportunity, in a seminar environment, to develop skills crucial to success in US law school and legal practice.

Multiple sections of the class are offered to meet the diverse needs of students from a wide variety of language, legal-education and legal-practice backgrounds. The Intensive (two-credit) section is designed for students who particularly want to focus on improvement of English language skills; Foundations (one-credit) is for students who recently earned a first degree in law or whose law-practice experience is primarily in a language other than English; and Experienced Practitioners (one-credit) aims to further improve the skills of those students already experienced at practicing law in English. Throughout the fall, the Foundations and Practitioners sections meet for two hours every other week; Intensive sections meet for two hours each week. For students who wish to continue in spring to develop their US research and writing skills, Graduate Lawyering II offers the opportunity to develop a substantial research memo.