Upper Level Writing Requirement

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 in compliance with the provisions set forth in the School of Law Policies and Procedures.  This requirement may be satisfied any time after completion of a student's first year.  Students may not use the same course to satisfy both the Upper Level Writing requirement and the Experiential Learning requirement.  All papers written to satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement must be submitted electronically through Canvas.

The following courses may be used to satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement:

Advanced Legal Writing: Law as a Literary Profession

Professor Glencer

Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Drafting

Professor Levine

Animal Law

Professor Schiavone ONLY

Appellate Practice and Procedure

Judge Lally-Green

Business Law Journal

Full-time Faculty*

Children and the Law

Professor Kaufman

Directed Research

Full-time Faculty*

Election Law

Professor Mistick

Employment Discrimination

Professor Kaufman or Judge Lally-Green

Energy Regulation

Adjunct Professor McKown

European Union Law

Adjunct Professor Landgraf

Functions and Duties of the Prosecutor

Professors Rago and Corbett

Governance, Compliance and Risk Management

Judge Lally-Green

Human Trafficking

Professor Dai

Joule- Environmental and Energy Law Journal

Full-time Faculty*

Law and Neuroscience

Adjunct Professor Dilmore

Law, Public Service and the Executive Branch

Professors Rago, Mistick, Corbett                           

Law Review

Full-time Faculty*

Pennsylvania Pretrial Civil Litigation Simulation

Associate Dean Kwisnek

Pennsylvania State Constitutional Law

Professor Ledewitz

Philosophy of Law

Professor Ledewitz

Race and American Law

Professor Jefferson-Bullock

State Attorney General Law

Professors Rago and Corbett

Wrongful Convictions

Professor Rago

*If a student is interested in working with an adjunct faculty member, he or she must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Students are responsible for submitting an Upper Level Writing Intent form no later than 30 days after the start of the semester in which the requirement will be fulfilled.  Once submitted, the electronic intent form will automatically be emailed to the School of LawRegistrar's Office and the faculty member supervising the project.  The faculty member will then reply with his or her approval.  

To fulfill this graduation requirement, the project must total at least 7500 words (including citations and any endnotes or footnotes) and must be in a format prescribed by the faculty member supervising the project.   For the full list of Upper Level Writing requirements and formats, please consult the School of Law Policies and Procedures.

Upon successful completion of the project, the supervising faculty member will submit an Upper Level Writing Requirement Completion form.