Law 569A/B - Academic Legal Writing

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

S. Biegel E. Scallen E. Volokh


General Course Description:

This year-long seminar is designed for advanced law students who wish to develop and complete a full-length, high-quality legal article (or “comment”) of publishable quality in a collaborative setting (sometimes known as a “writing circle”).  The seminar will meet 13-14 times during the academic year.  The exact schedule of meetings will be discussed at the first meeting of each semester.  Students are expected to do significant independent work between seminar meetings.  During fall semester, students will work together, with the guidance of the professor, to identify and develop topics. Students will do background research and develop a draft thesis and comprehensive outline of arguments by the end of the semester. In the spring semester, students complete multiple drafts, with substantial feedback from each other. Enrollment, by application, is limited to 12 students. The application is due at 12:00 NOON on Friday, July 13, 2018, and it should be submitted (along with any relevant documents) to the Records Office or emailed to Records@law.ucla.edu.

While the seminar is focused on the academic writing process, students who are also seeking subject matter support for their research should be aware that the professor’s primary areas of expertise are Civil Procedure, Evidence, and a wide range of LGBT legal issues.  Given the availability of additional faculty support, students interested in other areas are also encouraged to apply.

The legal article that is completed for this seminar will satisfy the law school’s SAW writing requirement, and the seminar is open to all second and third-year students and all LLMs.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Eileen Scallen 18F 569A SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No Yes
  This course will meet 13-14 times during the academic year. Application required to enroll and can be found at https://my.law.ucla.edu/courseenrollment. Application due Wednesday, August 1, 5:00pm.
Eileen Scallen 19S 569B SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No Yes
  Second part of a yearlong course for a total of 4 units. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Stuart Biegel 16F 569A SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No Yes
  Application required to enroll; deadline July 11, noon. Yearlong course for a total of 4 units.
Stuart Biegel 17S 569B SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No Yes
  Second part of a yearlong course for a total of 4 units. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.
Eileen Scallen 17F 569A SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No Yes
  Application required to enroll; deadline July 17, noon. Yearlong course for a total of 4 units. Course will meet 13 times through the year, approximately every other week. Final schedule will be discussed at 1st meeting.
Eileen Scallen 18S 569B SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No
  Second part of a yearlong course for a total of 4 units. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course.