Upper Level Research and Writing Opportunities
Georgetown provides upper class students with numerous opportunities to continue to hone their research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
Students may take courses in advanced legal research that focus on law firm practice, international and comparative law, or scholarly pursuits.
Advanced writing courses are available in practice-oriented subjects and scholarly writing. Upper class students may apply to become Law Fellows, who study writing pedagogy and assist faculty in commenting on papers and conferencing with first year students. Or they can apply to be Senior Writing Fellows, who learn to critique conventional legal writing and scholarship and tutor students seeking help at the Writing Center.
Many upper level simulation courses that satisfy the experiential course requirement also offer advanced, intensive writing experiences to students, with an emphasis on practice, performance, faculty feedback, and self-reflection.
Georgetown’s highly regarded clinical program also provides a wealth of opportunity to develop these skills while at the same time representing a wide range of real clients. In addition to their coursework, J.D. students may compete to join one of the student-run Moot Court, Mock Trial, or Alternative Dispute Resolution teams or apply for an externship that will provide them with additional practical training.