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Upper Class Writing Requirement

In addition to the full year first year course, Georgetown requires all J.D. students to take a seminar or clinic that meets the upper class writing requirement. The upper class writing requirement assures that students refine the research and writing skills they learned in the first year.  In conjunction with this requirement, students conduct in-depth research in a chosen subject area and produce thoughtful, original analysis in a complex, evolving area of law. 

Students choose topics, submit outlines, prepare and submit a first draft, and complete their final papers in consultation with faculty members. A broad array of seminars that meet the writing requirement are offered, including such diverse selections as the Poverty Law and Policy Seminar, Tax Policy Seminar, O’Neill Colloquium on National and Global Health Law, Food Law Seminar, Advanced Patent Law Seminar, and Constitutional Aspects of Foreign Affairs Seminar.


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