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Upper Level Writing Requirement


(See also Upper Level Writing Requirement Forms)

rev. 3/10/09

To reinforce and expand the skills learned in the required 1-L Legal Research and Writing Course  and to develop the techniques necessary for in-depth analysis and organization of a large body of material, a student is required to produce and submit prior to graduation an original work of acceptable professional quality involving a significant exploration of a single major topic.  The preparation of any original work intended to be in fulfillment of this requirement cannot be the product of a joint effort.  This requirement must be satisfied for Full-Time Day Division students during the final four (4) semesters prior to graduation including the Summer Session and for Evening and Part-Time Day Division students during the final five (5) semesters prior to graduation including the Summer Session.

  1. Satisfaction of this requirement may be accomplished by the preparation of a note or comment for Duquesne Law Review, which has been certified by a member of the full-time faculty serving as the student’s Faculty Reader, as meeting this requirement, pursuant to the process set forth in the Duquesne Law Review Consolidated Bylaws.
  2. Satisfaction of this requirement may be accomplished by the preparation of an original work which complies with paragraphs 2(A) or 2(B) below, subject to the requirements of paragraphs 2(C) and 2(D) below:

        (A) A paper for an approved seminar taught by a member of the full-time faculty.

(B) A  paper for an elective course taught by a member of the full-time faculty, the grade for which is based substantially on the paper.  This means that the paper shall constitute at least one-half (½) of the grade in such course.  Students shall request a current listing of the courses available for submitting papers from the Registrar’s office at the beginning of the semester and shall submit, with the course’s assigned faculty member, a written notice of the intention to fulfill the upper level writing requirement within thirty (30) days from the beginning of classes in the course.

    (C) All papers submitted in fulfillment of this requirement under paragraphs 2(A) and 2(B) above shall comply with the following format and rules:

  1. The citation form and other rules regarding matters of form shall follow the requirements of the faculty member teaching the course or seminar in which the paper is prepared, such as A Uniform System of Citation, the ALWD Citation Manual, the MLA Handbook, the Guide to Foreign And International Legal Citation, or similar citation systems.
  2.  The paper shall be printed on 8½” by 11" paper with margins, font style, and font size as directed by the faculty member teaching the course or seminar in which the paper is prepared.
  3. The cover of the paper shall include either the student name or the assigned examination number given to the student, the name of the faculty member teaching the course or seminar in which the paper is prepared, the title of the paper, the name of the course, and the date of the submission of the paper.
  4. The paper shall not be less than 20 double-spaced pages in length, excluding footnotes, tables of authority, and other supporting documentation.
  5. One (1) original and one (1) copy shall be submitted by the end of the final exams for the semester.  In addition, at the time of submission, students must complete and submit an Upper Level Writing Requirement Form (available online or in the Registrar’s Office)

    (D) A grade of “C": is the minimum grade required for a paper submitted to satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement under paragraphs 2(A) and 2(B) above.  One copy of the paper submitted shall be deposited in the Law School Library and made available to the law school community.  This copy shall have no grade or other marks or corrections.  These papers shall be kept for a minimum of five (5) years.