Research, Writing, & Legal Scholarship

The Research, Writing and Legal Scholarship category should be consulted by students who wish to consider academic careers or expand their academic horizons. Course listed here should be taken to supplement a student’s interest in a substantive area of law. In addition, student interested in academic careers are encouraged to participate in colloquia and other scholarly discussions, to consider involvement with UCLA’s research centers and academic programs, and to work closely with faculty in research projects. Please note that the courses listed in the Research, Writing and Legal Scholarship section are those courses that focus on the process of research, writing, and producing legal scholarship. This category is not intended to identify those courses that satisfy the Substantial Analytic Writing requirement. See Substantial Analytic Writing for 2011-12 courses that might meet this requirement.

Legal Research and Writing is the students’ foundational clinical course and focuses on practice-oriented legal analysis. During this yearlong course students develop the analytic skill set needed by...

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Students undertake legal research under the supervision of a faculty member resulting in an original scholarly paper analyzing a particular area of law. All work must be done under a faculty member’s...

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Students undertake legal research under the supervision of a faculty member resulting in an original scholarly paper analyzing a particular area of law. All work must be done under a faculty member’s...

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Students undertake original research, usually involving empirical or field study, and produce a paper analyzing their findings. All work must be done under a faculty member’s supervision, and several...

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P. Goodman

Course is limited to 3L J.D. students only. Application is required to enroll: deadline 12:00 noon, Friday, November 6. Graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.The course explores the fundamentals of...

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R. Sander

Although numbers and empirical analysis now pervade many fields of law, most lawyers have few skills in presenting or interpreting data or quantitative arguments. This course develops those skills. ...

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C. Fischer R. Fordon K. Gerson C. Hunter J. Kruger L. McClelland E. Meyers

This course is designed to provide students with the research skills needed in the practice of law.

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J. Light C. Merrill

This course introduces students to methods of legal analysis, writing, and research crucial to a practice involving U.S. law. Students will learn how to research and analyze legal problems, drawing...

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J. Park

This seminar and workshop allows students to explore topics introduced in the basic corporate law and securities regulation classes in greater depth. It does so through a combination of course...

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J. Horwitz

Health care is at the center of many of the most important and controversial policy issues in the U.S. This colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research...

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R. McCarl

Writing is a lawyer’s most important skill, and building that skill is a lifelong process. This course will teach you techniques used by the world’s best legal writers. You will learn to choose the...

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G. López

This Workshop aims to deepen and sharpen students’ capacity to produce high-quality legal analysis. To do so, the Workshop will require students on a daily basis to train in order to improve the...

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E. Scallen S. Shiffrin E. Volokh

This on-campus course is designed for students who wish to develop academic legal writing skills, particularly on international and comparative law topics. The class will meet in-person on selected...

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J. Cramer D. Lanning

This seminar is required for all writing advisors in the Legal Research and Writing Program and is open only to those writing advisors. The seminar reinforces the analytical and writing skills taught...

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B. Nyblade

This is a seminar focused on guiding students conducting original empirical legal research. It introduces the fundamentals of research design, statistics and data analysis in the first half of the...

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R. Steinberg

This seminar briefly introduces students to international criminal law, then focuses on contemporary issues facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). At each weekly class meeting, we will...

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L. LoPucki

In an increasingly globalized world, corporate law is becoming international. Companies operate across borders, and lawyers are expected to understand foreign systems. This seminar provides both an...

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R. Sears

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest public health crises of the past four decades and has resulted in significant legislation and public policy geared toward both infected and affected...

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E. Volokh

This Clinic files friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of nonprofits (e.g., the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and more) in a wide range of First...

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S. Korobkin

Contract Drafting uses familiar contract concepts such as representations, warranties, covenants and conditions, and teaches students how to draft for the particular type of contract concept. ...

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J. Berra S. Cheer N. Espíritu H. Motomura

The Immigrants’ Rights Policy Clinic addresses broad-based, systemic issues of immigrants’ rights in a practical setting, with the emphasis on state and local engagement with immigration law and...

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The Copyright Amicus Legal Clinic integrates research, analytical and writing skills, and strategic and collaborative decision making in the context of drafting amicus briefs on current copyright...

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I. Eagly

Representation on bond hearings is a critical need in the immigrant community. Without representation at their bond hearings, individuals can remain detained—sometimes for years—while their cases are...

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