Legal Research and Writing

Lawyering, by its very nature, largely entails researching the law, communicating the results, and determining the best course of action for the client. This training begins in law school as one might expect, but the importance of developing these skills cannot be overstated. Legal research and writing has been called the “bread and butter” of any successful lawyer. No matter the area of practice, new lawyers will spend the bulk of their time researching and writing about the law.

Barry Law recognizes the importance of developing research and writing skills from the very beginning. The Legal Research and Writing Program for first year students involves two courses for a total of six credits: LRW I and LRW II. Taught in sections of approximately 20 students, these courses challenge students by presenting rigorous writing, editing, and rewriting experiences. Associated research projects designed to interlace with the writing lessons bring the experience full circle. By the end of the second semester, all students complete the requirement to become certified researchers using two of the major legal research portals, Westlaw and Lexis. As part of the coursework in the second semester, students prepare an appellate brief and participate in oral arguments in a moot court setting. After the first year, students can extend their training in this area. For upper level students, Barry Law offers Advanced Legal Research, Advanced Legal Writing, and Advanced Appellate Advocacy.

Students also benefit from the faculty members chosen to direct these courses thanks to Barry Law’s unique tenure-track system for Legal Research and Writing. A tenure-track program in this area assures the highest quality of teaching in these invaluable courses and insures continuity of excellence in teaching and the development of scholarship in legal research and writing.

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