Law 572A/B - Lawyering Skills Writing Advisor Seminar

Thomas W. Holm

Thomas W. Holm

Director, Lawyering Skills Clinical Program
Lecturer in Law
B.A. Carleton, 1987
J.D. University of Minnesota, 1992
UCLA Faculty Since 1996
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.