Journals, Research & Writing

6654  Law and Rhetoric (2 or 3)   
Consideration of the usefulness and application of classical and contemporary rhetorical theory in legal arguments. The structures and strategies of argument and persuasion applied to the legal context. Judicial opinions, appellate briefs, and legal scholarship are examined toward an understanding of rhetorical strategies. (Papers and short writing assignments)

6655  Advanced Legal Research (2)  Harris, Hawkins, D. Jones, Norwood, Rodriguez 
Intensive review of legal research tools and methods involving both traditional and automated resources. General categories of materials (reporters, codes, etc.) and their place in contemporary law practice; methods of conducting research in specific areas of the law. (Research assignments and paper)

6656  Independent Legal Writing (1 or 2)   
Preparation of a research paper under the supervision of a member of the faculty who will determine, prior to registration, whether the work required for the topic justifies 1 or 2 credit hours. If elected for 1 credit hour, this course may be repeated for 2 credit hours to meet the legal writing requirement for the J.D. degree. Approval by the faculty supervisor is required prior to registration; if the faculty super-visor is a member of the part-time faculty, approval is also required from the senior associate dean for academic affairs or associate dean for academic affairs. Compliance with the Legal Writing Requirement as outlined in this Bulletin is necessary if the course is used to satisfy that requirement. Students may not take more than a total of 2 credits in this course under the supervision of part-time faculty members. (Research paper)

6657  Scholarly Writing (1)  Thornton
Introduction to writing for scholarly legal journals. Topic selection, research strategies, organization, style, grammar, usage, and the editing process. This course reflects journal participation for second-year students on all journals. Satisfactory completion of Law 6658, 6659, 6660, 6661, 6662, 6663, or 6664 in the third year is required to receive credit for this course. The grade of H, P, LP, or NC is given for this course.

6658 Law Review (1 or 2)  Tyler
Limited to third-year members of the student staff of the Law Review. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned in this course. Second-year students must enroll in Law 6657 to reflect journal participation. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. Satisfactory completion of Law 6657 in the second year and satisfactory completion of all journal work in the third year is required to receive CR for this course.

6659  International Law Review (1 or 2)  Steinhardt
Limited to third-year members of the student staff of the International Law Review. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned in this course. Second-year students must enroll in Law 6657 to reflect journal participation. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. Satisfactory completion of Law 6657 in the second year and satisfactory completion of all journal work in the third year is required to receive CR for this course.

6660  Federal Circuit Bar Journal (1 or 2)  J. Schwartz, Whealan
Limited to third-year members of the student staff of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned in this course. Second-year students must enroll in Law 6657 to reflect journal participation. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. Satisfactory completion of Law 6657 in the second year and satisfactory completion of all journal work in the third year is required to receive CR for this course.

6661 Public Contract Law Journal (1 or 2)  Schooner, Yukins
Limited to third-year members of the student staff of the Public Contract Law Journal. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned in this course. Second-year students must enroll in Law 6657 to reflect journal participation. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. Satisfactory completion of Law 6657 in the second year and satisfactory completion of all journal work in the third year is required to receive CR for this course.

6662  Intellectual Property Law Journal (1 or 2)    Schaffner
Limited to third-year members of the student staff of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned in this course. Second-year students must enroll in Law 6657 to reflect journal participation. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. Satisfactory completion of Law 6657 in the second year and satisfactory completion of all journal work in the third year is required to receive CR for this course.

6663 International Law in Domestic Courts Journal (1 or 2)   Shelton
Limited to members of the student staff of the International Law in Domestic Courts Project. A maximum of 4 credits may be earned in this course. Second-year students must enroll concurrently in Law 6520 and 6657. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis.

6664  Journal of Energy and Environmental Law (1 or 2)   Paddock
Limited to third-year members of the student staff of the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law. A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned in this course. Second-year students must enroll in Law 6657 to reflect journal participation. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. Satisfactory completion of Law 6657 in the second year and satisfactory completion of all journal work in the third year is required to receive CR for this course.

6665  Upper-Level Writing (1)   Thornton
This course is an elective co-requisite to seminar courses that require or permit a research paper or Law 6656, Independent Legal Writing, for students who intend to seek publication. Instruction on legal research strategies and structural techniques; individual and small-group feedback on interim writing assignments; and guidance on seeking publications. Credit may not be earned for both this course and Law 6657. Permission of the instructor of the course for which the research paper is to be written is required. Enrollment is limited. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis. (Writing Assignments)

6666  Research and Writing Fellow (1 or 2)  J. Clark, Gambert
Limited to students selected to assist in teaching first-year Legal Research and Writing (Law 6216) and Introduction to Advocacy (Law 6217). Two credit hours may be earned in both the fall and spring semesters. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis.


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