Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
The University of Washington School of Law provides rigorous training in legal
analysis, research, and writing. We offer basic and advanced courses that enable
all students to master the core professional skills of analysis, research, and
First Year Students
The required first-year course, Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
(LARW) employs hands-on workshops that introduce students to methods of
analyzing cases and statutes, as well as research skills and the conventions of
legal writing. LARW faculty members integrate research instruction throughout
the first-year program, while upper-division students build sophisticated
research skills through advanced research courses. The Gallagher Law Library
reference office serves as a valuable resource for all students as they master
the latest methods of legal research.
Second and Third Year Students
In their second and third years, students
advanced writing requirement through certain courses, independent
research and writing projects, or by working on a
law school journal. Students
can also take a variety of
upper-level writing and research courses to further
develop their practice skills.
Other opportunities to work on writing and
research skills exist through legal writing competitions, moot court
competitions, and law school clinics.