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, Student Legal Writing Engagement Coordinator, 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:

General/Multiple

 LAWS 6226: Advanced Legal Writing: Constructing Legal Arguments
Robert Russell, Chief of the Appellate Division, U.S. Attorney's Office

Designed to improve skills at all stages required to create persuasive arguments efficiently

 LAWS 6896: Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Practice
Professors Amy Griffin and Robert Linz

Integrates legal research and writing skills using realistic assignments

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

An intensive writing lab using varied assignments from legislative, transactional, and litigation practice

 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

Other/Specialized Writing Courses

 LAWS 6207: Writing in the Regulatory State
Professor Gabrielle Stafford

Introduces students to writing in any highly-regulated field, with particular emphasis on federally-assisted public and affordable housing

 LAWS 6236: Judicial Opinion Writing 
Professor Derek Kiernan-Johnson

Systematically explores the contemporary American judicial opinion

Appellate Advocacy

 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 7029: Appellate Advocacy Clinic 
Adjunct Professor Christopher McKee

Enables students to work directly on appellant briefs in cases where appeals from serious felony convictions are pending before the Colorado Court of Appeals or Colorado Supreme Court

 LAWS 6226: Advanced Legal Writing: Constructing Legal Arguments
Robert Russel, Chief of the Appellate Division, U.S. Attorney's Office

Designed to improve skills at all stages required to create persuasive arguments efficiently

Trial and Pre-Trial Advocacy

 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 6373: Federal Litigation: Everything But the Trial 
Professor Scott Moss

Addresses all pretrial phases of a federal employment case

Drafting

 LAWS 7051: Transactional Drafting 
Professors Amy Bauer and Corie Rosen Felder

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

 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

Oral Communication

 LAWS 6119: Deposition Skills
Professor Amy Bauer

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