To prepare students for professional careers, students are required to focus on legal writing throughout their three years of study. As students write and talk about the law, their understanding of the law develops. Correspondingly, as students’ understanding of the law deepens, their ability to write and talk about it increases. Expanding both understanding and communications skills increases students’ abilities to solve problems for clients in clinical settings.
Legal Writing Requirements
J.D. students are required to satisfactorily complete three legal writing requirements during Law School, two of which must take place during the first two years of Law School (see Scholastic Requirement Rule 5).
Student Legal Writing Awards
8 of our students have won a Burton Award for legal writing, making us one of only seven schools to have received these awards eight or more times.
Annual student writing award recipients with writing coordinator and faculty.
Dean Garry W. Jenkins welcomed the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Law School for oral arguments in State of Minnesota v. Berry Alan Willis