Legal Research and Writing Opportunities
Western New England University School of Law offers you numerous opportunities to hone your research and writing skills. From your first semester in the Legal Research and Writing (LRW) course to the Qualifying Writing Course (QWC) requirements in your 2L and 3L years to extracurricular writing opportunities through the Western New England Law Review, when you graduate from the School of Law you will be prepared to read, draft, and understand all forms of complicated legal documents.
Legal Research and Writing:
Sharpening the Tools of the Trade
Legal Research and Writing, a required first-year course, teaches students the basic techniques of legal research, writing, and analysis—all essential tools of the legal profession. The Legal Research and Writing faculty work closely with students in smaller classroom settings introducing case briefing, case synthesis, computer-assisted research, and analysis through a series of research and writing assignments. Students learn how to research legal issues, frame legal arguments, and analyze legal problems. This full-year course culminates in an oral argument in a simulated court setting, during which each student argues a motion based upon a brief he or she has written.
Qualifying Writing Course
Prior to graduation, all students are required to complete a Qualifying Writing Course, an intensive course in which students complete one or more papers comprising, in the aggregate, 30 to 50 typewritten pages. These papers are the product of original legal research and legal analysis approved in advance by the instructor.
National Writing Competitions
The School of Law offers numerous opportunities to improve your research and writing skills via participation in national writing competitions. Through these competitions you will thoroughly research and write about a specific area of the law giving you an in depth look at a particular practice area or issue. Many competitions are judged by some of the nation’s top legal professionals and academics providing you with the chance to make some professional connections.
Western New England Law Review
The Western New England Law Review, established in 1978, is published by the student members and showcases their scholarly work as well as that of legal scholars from across the country. The Editorial Board, Senior Staff, and Junior Staff are comprised of students who are selected based on their rank in their section after final exams or on their performance in the Legal Research and Writing course. Each issue of Law Review consists of articles written by authors who are scholars in their respective fields, and three to four Students’ Notes, written by the members of the Junior Staff during their first year on the Law Review. Two issues are published annually, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Lex Brevis is the student-run newspaper. It provides timely news and a forum for student opinion.