Second-Year Writing Requirement

A student, in order to receive a degree, must, at some time during his or her second year, complete a research and writing project under the direct supervision of a member of the Faculty or Dean. Satisfactory completion of the requirement will be demonstrated by certification from the instructor who supervises the project. To satisfy the requirement a writing project must require thorough legal research, a substantial piece of legal writing, and rewriting in response to criticism from the supervising instructor. The requirement may be satisfied by an Independent Research Project or a law journal note if the above standards are met. The requirement may also be met by satisfactory completion of a paper meeting the above standards and submitted as part of the regular work in designated courses or seminars.

The following 2022 - 2023 courses may satisfy the requirement:

  • LAW 602 Fourth Amendment and Technology Seminar
  • LAW 603 Art Law Seminar
  • LAW 604 Gender and The Law Seminar
  • LAW 606 Advanced Legal Writing
  • LAW 615 Electric Power Seminar
  • LAW 618 Insider Trading Seminar
  • LAW 621 Child Abuse and Neglect Seminar
  • LAW 637 Comparative Constitutional Law Seminar
  • LAW 642 Law and Geography Seminar
  • LAW 643 Law of Money in Politics Seminar
  • LAW 652 Corporate Social Responsibility Seminar
  • LAW 653 Crimmigration Law Seminar
  • LAW 655 Law and Religion Seminar
  • LAW 656 Critical Race Theory Seminar
  • LAW 657 Decolonization, Racism, & International Law Seminar
  • LAW 669 Election Law and Voting Rights Seminar
  • LAW 671 Disability Law Seminar
  • LAW 680 Introduction To European Union Law Seminar
  • LAW 683 Mass Atrocities Seminar
  • LAW 691 Poverty Seminar
  • LAW 693 Privacy and Information Security Law Seminar
  • LAW 911 Law Review: 2L
  • LAW 970 Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice: 2L

At the end of the semester in which you complete your writing requirement you will be asked to obtain faculty sign-off on one of the writing forms below in order for credit to be applied to your transcript. Return the completed form to the Law Registrar office or to lawrecords@wlu.edu.

Second-year Writing Requirement Sign Off Forms:

Seminar Courses (follow link to access form. Open in Adobe for a fillable version).

Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice - Contact JCRSJ Editor in Chief for most current form.

Law Review - Contact Law Review Editor in Chief for most current form.

 Updated 10/31/2022