As a prerequisite to graduation, each student must complete a program of supervised analytic writing subsequent to the first year curriculum. Unless the Associate Dean otherwise provides, a student must complete this requirement no later than the end of the first semester of the student's graduation year.
To satisfy the upper class writing requirement, the student must complete a significant research and writing project under faculty supervision. The student must present a topic proposal for faculty approval, submit an outline and rough draft for faculty comment, and submit a final paper that (1) demonstrates significant research and original analysis; and (2) is well organized, carefully presented and clearly written. The final paper must be at least 25 double spaced typewritten pages including footnotes or, at the discretion of the supervising faculty member, another single work of equivalent magnitude in an electronic medium. All papers must be submitted no later than the last day of classes for the respective semester.
A student may complete the research and writing project in connection with: (1) a course or seminar that has a paper requirement or paper option and is offered by a member of the full time faculty or by an adjunct professor who has been approved to supervise writing projects for that academic year; or (2) an "Independent Study" with a member of the full time faculty. A student enrolled in a two-credit seminar may, with the faculty member's permission, receive one credit (in addition to the two credits for the seminar) for submitting a paper that the faculty member certifies has (a) satisfied the writing requirement, and (b) involved substantially more work than was required to satisfy the course.
Registration. A student must file with the Registrar, within two weeks of the start of semester classes, a notice of intent (THIS FORM) to satisfy the research and writing requirement that is approved by the supervising faculty member. Once a student has submitted the form, the Registrar's office will register the student for the writing requirement. Students need to complete this form only.
Faculty certification. For writing credit to be granted, the supervising faculty member must certify to the Registrar that the student (1) presented a topic proposal and received comments from the faculty member on interim work including an outline and rough draft; and (2) submitted a final paper that, in the faculty member's independent judgment meets the standards of the writing requirement. Upon certification by the supervising faculty member, the Registrar shall record on the student's transcript that the writing requirement has been satisfied.
Submission of course or seminar paper that fails to satisfy the requirement. Should a student's course or seminar paper fail to satisfy the writing requirement in the judgment of the supervising faculty member, the student shall be ineligible to receive writing credit but may at the discretion of the instructor receive course credit. In such event, the student may, at the discretion of the instructor, continue to work on the research and writing project in the following semester to satisfy the upper class requirement provided that such additional work not be counted toward course credit or toward the grade for the course. Please note that students may not receive both independent study credit and journal note credit for written work that is substantially the same. Students will have to choose if they want the journal credit or independent study credit(s).
Preparation of paper for publication in a student edited journal. At the discretion of the faculty member supervising the course, seminar or Independent Study, a student may satisfy the writing requirement by preparing a paper intended for publication in a student law journal and may receive student editorial input concurrently with faculty supervision, provided that all elements of the upper class writing requirement are satisfied.
FACULTY CERTIFICATION. This form will be emailed to the supervising faculty member at the end of the semester for grade verification.
I have read all information on this form and understand the requirements concerning the upper class writing requirement and independent study.