Graduate Lawyering I (1 credit) is a practice-based course for international LLM students focused on legal research, writing, and analysis. The class, which meets every other week, 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 help on topics such as research techniques.
We recommend that students register for Graduate Lawyering I in the first semester of their LLM program. The close attention to case analysis and legal writing in Graduate Lawyering I has been found to improve students’ success in their other Law School courses.
The Law School also offers Graduate Lawyering I: Intensive (2 credits) which meets weekly. It is designed for students who want to improve their English language skills through extra practice researching and writing about US law.
Graduate Lawyering II allows students to further develop their US research and writing skills in a seminar environment while focusing on specific lawyering topics such as practical legal writing, contract drafting, or negotiation.