• Independent Research and Writing – 7606


1, 2, or 3

Course Equivalency

Law 7608 Independent Research and Writing

Grad. Requirements

Upper Division Legal Writing
  • Student Year
    Upper Division
    Grade base
    A - F
    Course type
    Independent Research

Note: Law 7606 and 7608 both provide credit for independent writing projects; the difference is that 7606 satisfies the Upper Division Writing Requirement, while 7608 does not (except on a case by case basis before Fall 2016). The Registrar will assign students to 7606 or 7608 based on whether the student seeks and the supervisor approves upper division writing credit.

Students may earn 1 or 2 credits (and in exceptional circumstances 3 credits) for researching and writing a note, article, memo or other paper on a legal topic. At least 5,000 words are required for one credit, at least 7,500 for two credits, and at least 11,250 for three credits. Students must consult with their Faculty Supervisor on their topic and research plan and receive feedback from their Supervisor on the drafting process. To register, the student should confer with a supervising faculty member, draft a description of the proposed project, and complete the online Independent Research form

Clicking on the link more than once will open multiple forms under your name. Only do this if you plan to submit more than one form for approval.

To edit a form or check the status of a form you already submitted, go to wfgen.umn.edu and log-in with your UMN ID and password. On the home page, click on “My requests in progress”  or ” My actions to do” if an action is assigned to you. You can also find a request by entering the request number (this number is in the email notification you received when you submitted your form) in the search box (the third empty box in the upper left corner). Note that you cannot edit a form once it is submitted for approval.

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