Renown Legal Research and Writing Program

Our legal writing program was ranked 21st in the nation by US News and World Report in its 2013 law school rankings. Our commitment to helping students develop essential lawyering skills continues to be recognized.

Our Legal Profession Program is a comprehensive two-semester, six-credit-hour sequence that you will take during your first year at the School of Law. These courses are devoted to building the legal research, analysis and writing skills used in today's law practice. Classes meet in small groups led by experienced full-time faculty who are at the forefront of trends in legal writing and research.

Legal Profession

Our efforts to help you develop essential lawyering skills continue throughout the remainder of your legal studies. After your first year, you will continue to develop and refine your communication skills in other courses like Appellate Practice and Procedure, Transactional Drafting and in a capstone course during your final year of legal studies.

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Legal Profession Program!

The Ideal Law School Graduate? A ‘People Person’ Who Can Do Research

WSJ Law Blog

Professor Susan Wawrose and UDSL researchers conducted focus groups with legal employers to discover what is expected from law school graduates.

"Employers, particularly those with more years in practice, rely on new attorneys to be research experts. The employers in our focus groups have high expectations when it comes to new hires’ research skills, i.e., '[t]hey should be able to adequately and effectively find everything that’s up to the minute.'"

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