Second and Third Year: Extensive Opportunities to Continue Developing Strong Writing Skills

Throughout the Colorado Law curriculum, students have opportunities to improve their written analytical skills.  A broad array of choices makes it possible for students to design an individual legal writing curriculum in accordance with their own substantive areas of interest.  Students can choose to build on the first-year legal writing foundation through advanced legal writing courses, seminars, journals, clinics, and independent legal research. 

Individual Support for Upper-Level Students.   Amy Griffin, Director of Academic and Legal Wwriting support, was hired in 2012 to ensure that second- and third-year students continue to have access to one-on-one writing support throughout their law school career.

Journals.  Colorado Law's three journals give students an opportunity to write a significant piece of scholarly work, with the guidance of journal editors and law school faculty.  All three journals select several student articles for publication in each issue.

Upper-Level Seminars.  Upper-class seminars provide every Colorado Law student with the opportunity to write a scholarly paper exploring a particular area of interest.  Seminar papers are written with the guidance of a faculty member with expertise in that area. (Please note that only courses numbered 8000 and above have been approved as seminars that satisfy the graduation requirement.)

Clinics.  Colorado Law's nine clinics offer the chance to develop legal writing skills in a real-world context.  Under the supervision of Colorado Law's experienced clinical professors, Colorado Law students write actual legal documents for clients in need.

Advanced Legal Writing Courses.   Colorado Law's full-time and adjunct legal writing faculty currently offer a number of advanced classes for students to choose from.  Courses listed in the table below are not all offered every year.  For course offerings in the upcoming year, click here.   

Advanced Legal Writing Courses

 LAWS 6213 Advanced Appellate Advocacy

Professor Natalie Mack

 Builds on the advocacy skills taught in the first year, applying them in the appellate context and focusing on choosing and developing arguments, writing the brief, and delivering the oral argument 

LAWS 6896: Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Practice
Professors Amy Griffin and Lisa Schultz

Integrates legal research and writing skills using realistic assignments

 LAWS 6226: Advanced Legal Writing: Across Practice Areas
Professor Natalie Mack

Examines legal writing from the perspective of legislative, transactional, and litigation attorneys, using realistic short writing assignments from varied practice areas 

LAWS 6226: Advanced Legal Writing: Applied Evidence

Professor Amy Griffin

(coordinated with Professor Bloom's Evidence course)

This one-credit course gives students the opportunity to improve their legal writing and analytical skills by practicing written analysis based on the law of Evidence. 

LAWS 6226: Advanced Legal Writing: Employment Discrimination

Professor Todd Stafford

(coordinated with Professor Hart's Employment Discrimination course)

This two-credit course gives students the opportunity to improve their legal writing and analytical skills by practicing written analysis based on employment law.  

LAWS 6226: Advanced Legal Writing: Fundamentals

Professor Amy Griffin

Builds on the first builds on the first-year legal-writing curriculum, focusing on essential legal writing skills.  The course is designed for students who have not taken another advanced legal writing course.

 LAWS 6226: Advanced Legal Writing: Persuasion

Professor Todd Stafford

Explores the art of persuasion, examining such elements as form, rhetoric, tone, and narrative, and encourages students to apply imagination and develop their own professional voices

LAWS 6373: Federal Litigation: Everything But the Trial 

Professor Scott Moss

 Addresses all pretrial phases of a federal employment case

 LAWS 6236: Judicial Opinion Writing 

Professor Derek Kiernan-Johnson

Systematically explores the contemporary American judicial opinion

LAWS 6206: Litigation Drafting 

Professor Natalie Mack

A survey of the pretrial civil litigation process, with a heavy emphasis on practical drafting experience and the mechanics of writing

 LAWS 6207: Writing and Research in the Regulatory Context 

Professor Gabrielle Stafford and Professor Susan Nevelow Mart

 This three-credit course will develop the research, writing, and analytical skills necessary to operate within highly-regulated fields.


Transactional Drafting

 LAWS 7051: Transactional Drafting 
Professor Amy Bauer

Provides practical training, drafting, editing and adding value to negotiable contracts from a contemporary perspective while introducing documents typically used in a variety of transactions

Oral Communication

 LAWS 6119: Deposition Skills
Professor Amy Bauer

Provides students with skills needed to assume active role in the deposition process