Inaugurated in 1993, the Advanced J.D. Program offers one of the broadest ranges of upper-class elective courses in the nation. Each advanced writing course is limited to twelve students and is staffed by a practitioner with expertise in a particular field. Many of the courses teach students how to draft documents in a particular area such as civil litigation, criminal litigation, commercial law, intellectual property, trusts and estates, and employment law.
Not every advanced course is offered every semester, but the most popular courses – such as Civil Litigation Drafting and Commercial Drafting – are offered each semester in multiple sections. In any given year there are approximately twenty-five upper-level electives. There is no recommended sequencing or (with limited exceptions) any pre- or co-requisites for these courses. A student may enroll in only one upper-class legal writing elective each semester. It is strongly recommended that students take at least one advanced writing course prior to graduation.