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 every other week for the entire academic year, and students will work together with each other and with the professor to identify, develop, and refine topics; and then to organize, draft, edit, and fine-tune a piece with an eye toward dissemination to a wide audience. The collaborative process will also include peer editing, pursuant to guidelines that will be jointly determined.

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. Enrollment, by application, is limited to a maximum of 12.


Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
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.
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Stuart Biegel 15F 569A SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No Yes
  Application required to enroll; deadline July 15, 2015. Yearlong course for a total of 4 units.
Stuart Biegel 16S 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.
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.