Upper Level Writing Requirement

A student is required to produce and submit, prior to graduation, an original work of acceptable professional quality involving a significant exploration of a single major topic in compliance with the provisions set forth in the School of Law Policies and Procedures.  This requirement may be satisfied any time after completion of a student's first year.  Students may not use the same course to satisfy both the Upper Level Writing requirement and the Professional Skills/Experiential Learning requirement.

The following courses may be used to satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement:

Advanced Legal Writing: Law as a Literary Profession

Professor Glencer

Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Drafting

Professor Levine

Animal Law

Professor Schiavone

Appellate Practice and Procedure

Dean Lally-Green

Business Law Journal

Full-time Faculty*

Companion Animal Law and Policy

Professor Schiavone

Directed Research

Full-time Faculty*

Election Law

Professor Mistick

Environmental Justice Seminar

Professor Perkins

Joule- Environmental and Energy Law Journal

Full-time Faculty*

Law and Neuroscience

Professor Moriarty

Law, Public Service and the Executive Branch

Professors Rago, Mistick, Corbett                           

Law Review

Full-time Faculty*

Pennsylvania Pretrial Civil Litigation Simulation

Dean Kwisnek

Pennsylvania State Constitutional Law

Professor Ledewitz

Philosophy of Law

Professor Ledewitz

Wrongful Convictions

Professor Rago

*If a student is interested in working with an adjunct faculty member, he or she must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Students are responsible for submitting an Upper Level Writing Intent form no later than 7 days after the start of the semester in which the requirement will be fulfilled.  Once submitted, the electronic intent form will automatically be emailed to the Law School Registrar's Office and the faculty member supervising the project.  The faculty member will then reply with his or her approval.  

To fulfill this graduation requirement, the project must total at least 7500 words (including citations and any endnotes or footnotes) and must be in a format prescribed by the faculty member supervising the project. 

Upon successful completion of the project, the supervising faculty member will submit an Upper Level Writing Requirement Completion form.

For the full list of Upper Level Writing requirements and formats, please consult the School of Law Policies and Procedures