Brooklyn Law School’s award winning Legal Writing Program also includes a wide variety of elective upperclass writing courses that satisfy the upperclass writing requirement. These writing courses build on the foundations of the first year Fundamentals of Law Practice course. They include classes such as Fundamentals of Legal Drafting, designed to expose students to litigation, transactional and rule-making documents; Appellate Advocacy; and Advanced Legal Research, which may be taken in the areas of Securities Law, New York Civil Practice, or International Law. These courses are limited to 12 to 14 students and offer intense instruction and extensive writing and research challenges, and often group students to work in teams.
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Upper Class Writing Requirement
After completing the first year legal writing course, every student at Brooklyn Law School must successfully complete, prior to graduation, an upperclass writing requirement consisting of significant supervised research and writing. The goals of the upperclass writing requirement are to provide each student with: 1) a significant research experience; 2) an opportunity for in-depth study and analysis(involving sustained reflection) of a particular area of the law; 3) an opportunity to articulate his or her own ideas and evaluation of the law; and 4) a faculty supervised writing experience involving at least one re-write of a substantial piece of the student’s writing. All four of these goals must be met for a project or projects to satisfy the upperclass writing requirement.