Once you complete your first year at Georgetown Law, you are able to explore a broad range of elective offerings available at Georgetown. It is important to peruse the Curriculum Guide, both to explore the over 500 courses that we offer annually, and to get a feel for the different ways that you can define the type of lawyer you would like to become and the type of law that you would like to practice. You must remember to meet the following important requirements along your journey.
Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement
The upperclass legal writing requirement is intended to provide students with the opportunity to refine the research and writing skills learned in the first year. It is also meant to develop the skills necessary to undertake writing projects on their own following graduation from law school. Students choose topics, submit outlines, prepare and submit a first draft, and complete the final paper of 6000 words or more (excluding footnotes) in consultation with faculty members in approved seminars (see the "WR" notation in the course schedule), clinics (including the Appellate Litigation Clinic, International Women's Human Rights Clinic, Center for Applied Legal Studies, and Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic) and supervised research projects. See the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies for more information about the specific requirements of the upperclass legal writing requirement.
Professional Responsibility Requirement
Each student must successfully complete an upperclass course meeting the Professional Responsibility requirement. To search for courses currently being offered that satisfy the Professional Responsibility requirement, see the courses listed at the bottom of the Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility cluster description found here. J.D. students will not satisfy their Professional Responsibility requirement by completing Professional Responsibility courses offered in the Graduate Program.