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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING CURRICULUM IN THE
LAW SCHOOL CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Lawrence Sager of the School of Law has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to first year legal research and writing curriculum in the Law School Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the changes on March 5, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as exclusive interest to one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review approved the proposal on a no protest basis on April 9, 2010, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by April 19, 2010.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on April 12, 2010.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING CURRICULUM IN THE
LAW SCHOOL CATALOG, 2010-2012
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NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Doctor of Jurisprudence

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Change the first year legal research and writing curriculum by awarding two credits per semester in the first year.

Indicate pages in the law school catalog where changes will be made. pages 40

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

The LS Faculty has adopted changes to the first year legal research and writing (LRW) curriculum in order to strengthen the writing and research skills of law students. The LS Faculty has voted to award two credits per semester in the first year for LRW. The faculty has agreed with a Curriculum Committee recommendation that the fall LRW class should be devoted to teaching students the basics of legal research as well as introducing students to legal writing techniques. This would include how to organize and structure legal arguments, write clearly, and eliminate ambiguity, as well as building block concepts such as the hierarchy of courts within a court system, the use of precedent, how to derive legal rules from a set of authorities, and correct citation forms. The spring semester would incorporate many of the same themes and would incorporate brief writing and oral advocacy. The faculty believes that certain aspects of an expanded writing program are fundamental to its success.

The current first-year spring semester curriculum includes three four-credit traditional first-year courses, one-credit LRW, and a required elective. Students have been taking electives that range from two to four credits. With the incorporation of brief writing and oral advocacy into an expanded spring LRW course, the faculty has voted to allow, not require, students to choose a two-or three credit elective course in the spring of their first year.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. N/A

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
College Approval Date: March 5, 2010
Dean Approval Date: March 5, 2010


1This change reflects changes made in D 6229-6231, which was approved by the Faculty Council on May 2, 2008.


To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.