Legal Research, Analysis & Writing (LRAW) is a core component of the first year law school curriculum that integrates essential skills necessary for the practice of law. In LRAW-1 (fall semester) students learn the basic methods of researching state statutes and case law. Students also learn how to analyze those statutes and cases, how to identify and understand legal rules derived from those authorities, and how to apply those rules to make informed predictions about legal issues. Students learn how to convey legal analysis clearly and concisely and how to draft a legal prediction in the form of a memorandum of law.
In LRAW-2 (spring semester), students build on their basic research, analytical, and writing skills to learn how to research federal statutes and cases, regulations, and secondary sources. Students also learn the skills of persuasive writing and argumentation through the preparation of a trial or appellate brief and oral argument.
The Legal Research, Analysis & Writing (LRAW) classes are taught in smaller sections within each of the three 1L sections. All LRAW classes and are co-taught by our Legal Research and Writing Instructors as follows: