Advanced Legal Writing: Gender & the Law (LAW-929G-001)
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Need to fulfill your Upper Level Writing Requirement? Are you interested in gender and law? Advanced Legal Writing is designed for JD and LLM students who want to write a publishable quality article or a paper that satisfies WCL’s Upper Level Writing or LLM paper requirements. At the conclusion of the course, all students will have a writing sample that demonstrates their writing skills and highlights their interest in Gender and Law.
The course is structured as a writing workshop/seminar. Students work through the process of selecting and researching a topic, developing a thesis, creating an annotated bibliography, drafting the paper, and, finally, revising and perfecting the paper into a quality product. While all papers will address some aspect of the intersection of gender and law, nearly all course readings will focus on the research and writing process. Students will engage in in-class exercises and weekly assignments to help them select an interesting and timely topic, develop a strong thesis, structure compelling arguments, write clear and lively prose, and get published. Students will receive extensive feedback from classmates and the instructor, as well as comment on other students’ work. Each student will select thier own topic, such as reproductive justice, family law, gender and development, women’s health, immigration, LGBTI rights, war crimes, criminal law, women’s human rights, masculinity studies, domestic violence, politics and governance, discrimination, trafficking, social welfare, or any other subject that has a nexus with gender. Students do not have to have a topic already in mind.
FORMAT OF FINAL PROJECT Students may choose from one of the following final assignments: 1. Draft an article. This option is best for students who already have a topic in mind (or who wish to develop expertise in a particular area of law) and who aspire to publish their work in an academic or practitioner’s journal. 2. Revise an existing paper or journal note/comment. This option is best for students who would like to expand and revise an existing piece of writing for publication.
Students may add one credit independent study if they wish to write a longer paper (30+ pages).
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