Research and writing skills may be the most important skills for young lawyers to master. To help you develop these skills, BU Law offers an integrated, multi-year writing program.

All first-year students are enrolled in BU Law’s First-Year Writing Seminar, in small classes where you receive individual attention. As part of the First-Year Writing Program, you will participate in the J. Newton Esdaile Appellate Moot Court Program in the spring semester. Here you will research and draft a brief, and present a case in oral argument before a panel of moot court judges made up of students, lawyers, and faculty. The process of brief writing is a critical component of the program because it teaches you to research an issue thoroughly and write a persuasive document, skills that all lawyers use in practice.

Legal Writing Fellows are one of the most important resources available to first-year students. Fellows attend weekly seminars and meet with students regularly to discuss each writing assignment. Besides helping students with their assignments and first-year moot court, Fellows can help first-year students with the more general challenges of the first year of law school.

In your second and third years, you may take advantage of the upper class, advanced writing program as well as the legal writing certificate program. These courses and workshops provide you with opportunities to sharpen the legal writing skills acquired in the first year. You can also participate in the Trial Advocacy Program, which provides you with an introduction to the trial process and the skills needed by trial lawyers.