Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program
Writing Offerings at BU Law
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. In your second and third years, you may take advantage of an array of upper class, advanced writing electives that enable you to sharpen your legal writing skills in various contexts. These upper-level advanced legal writing courses provide you with opportunities to sharpen the legal writing skills acquired in the first year.
First-year students master critical research and writing skills in the First-Year Writing Seminar. Students receive intensive, hands-on instruction from experienced practitioner-instructors in small classes of no more than 14 students in a class. Because of the small class size, you'll receive substantial feedback and individual attention from your instructor. Students learn first-hand how to analyze complex legal questions at a professional level. In the first semester, you will concentrate on legal research and objective memos, while in the second semester, students focus on persuasive writing.
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.
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.