Although known as Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research in Camden and Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Skills in Newark, these two courses cover the same material.
Many of our professors who teach the legal analysis, writing and research courses to first-year students are leaders and innovators in the field of legal writing. U.S. News & World Report regularly ranked the legacy Rutgers-Camden Legal Writing as a top-20 program, as voted by professors at other law schools. Our Lawyering Programs have developed a holistic “Orientation to Graduation” approach to preparing students for the representation of clients. As part of that, professors teaching our legal writing courses work with other faculty to integrate major goals of the first-year legal writing courses with those of the school's clinics, internal competitive appellate moot court program, other skills courses, and the various pro bono programs. A student might easily see their legal writing professor again in a clinical or skills course or in a pro bono project.
The first-year legal writing courses focus on investigatory legal and factual research and intra-office or client-counseling communications in the fall, and persuasive writing and oral advocacy on behalf of the client in the spring. In both semesters, students write multiple drafts of assignments and have one-on-one meetings with professors before submitting revised drafts. Classes have a low student-teacher ratio. Legal writing fellows or teaching assistants are an integral part of the writing program, and these students earn academic credit for their close work with 1L students.