The fall semester
In the fall, along with the basic 1L doctrinal courses (Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Torts), you’ll take the first half of Legal Research and Writing (LRW), a four credit-hour progression spread over two semesters. LRW meets twice a week in small class sections—roughly 20-25 students in each. You’ll stay with the same group and the same professor for both semesters, so your professor will get to know you really well.
This course is where you put into practice the doctrine and theory you’re learning in all your classes. Playing the role of a junior attorney at the front end of a client representation, you’ll work with realistic client documents to identify legal issues and research the law. But since legal analysis involves much more than merely looking up the law, you’ll also learn how to use existing law to predict the outcome in novel situations, and you’ll learn to communicate your analysis in a typical law-office format. That format, the predictive legal memorandum, is one that you’ll almost certainly be expected to use in your first internship.