Law 572A/B - Lawyering Skills Writing Advisor Seminar

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

D. Lanning


General Course Description:

This seminar is required for all writing advisors in the Lawyering Skills Program and is open only to those writing advisors. The seminar reinforces the analytical and writing skills taught in the first year lawyering skills curriculum. Students in the seminar discuss in detail how to approach analyzing case authority, as well as how to approach the process of predictive and persuasive written argumentation. As preparation for the classroom discussion, students prepare several substantive assignments that require them to articulate the process of legal analysis as well as the process of presenting legal analysis in written form. In developing these skills students in the seminar work with students in the first year lawyering skills course to refine the writing advisor's and the first years’ understanding of the process of legal analysis and written argumentation. 

WA Seminar Credit Information

  • Students receive six credits for serving as a WA.  
    • Three credits are letter-graded (Law 572A/B).  These three letter-graded credits relate to students’ performance in the WA Seminar and on their WA Project.
      • Student grades are not subject to the mandatory curve. 
    • Three credits are graded on a pass/no pass basis (Law 346A/B).  These three P/NP credits relate to the students’ critiques and other work with the 1Ls assigned to them by their individual professor.
  • Students receive four credits for the fall semester and two for the spring semester.
  • Students do not receive any credits for serving as a WA unless they’ve completed the full year.
  • Students are not allowed to do a full-time externship and serve as a WA at the same time. Students may do a part-time externship, provided the externship does not interfere with their WA duties.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Deirdre Lanning 16F 572A SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No
  Law 572A is restricted to students who are Writing Skills Advisors. After first pass, the Records Office will process enrollment into this course and Law 346, the complementary course attached with this program. These two courses (Laws 572and 346) are yearlong courses for a combined total of six units. The unit distribution is as follows: in the fall, students will receive 2 (in-progress) units for Law 572A, and 2 (in-progress) units for Law 346A. In the spring, upon successful completion, students will receive 1 unit for Law 572B (for a total of 3 (letter-graded) units, and 1 unit for Law 346B (for a total of 3 (P/NP) units).
Deirdre Lanning 17S 572B SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 1.0 No No
  Law 572B is the second part of a yearlong course. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course and its complementary Law 346 course.
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Thomas Holm 14F 572A SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No
  Law 572A is restricted to students who are Writing Skills Advisors. After first pass, the Records Office will process enrollment into this course and Law 346, the complementary course attached with this program. These two courses (Laws 572and 346) are yearlong courses for a combined total of six units. The unit distribution is as follows: in the fall, students will receive 2 (in-progress) units for Law 572A, and 2 (in-progress) units for Law 346A. In the spring, upon successful completion, students will receive 1 unit for Law 572B (for a total of 3 (letter-graded) units, and 1 unit for Law 346B (for a total of 3 (P/NP) units).
Thomas Holm 15S 572B SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 1.0 No No
  Law 572B is the second part of a yearlong course. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course and its complementary Law 346 course. Law 572B will meet 1/20 through 2/17/2015.
Deirdre Lanning 15F 572A SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 2.0 No No
  Law 572A is restricted to students who are Writing Skills Advisors. After first pass, the Records Office will process enrollment into this course and Law 346, the complementary course attached with this program. These two courses (Laws 572and 346) are yearlong courses for a combined total of six units. The unit distribution is as follows: in the fall, students will receive 2 (in-progress) units for Law 572A, and 2 (in-progress) units for Law 346A. In the spring, upon successful completion, students will receive 1 unit for Law 572B (for a total of 3 (letter-graded) units, and 1 unit for Law 346B (for a total of 3 (P/NP) units).
Deirdre Lanning 16S 572B SEM 1 TBA 1.0 No No
  Law 572B is the second part of a yearlong course. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course and its complementary Law 346 course.