Because of the importance of writing skills to law practice, the law school provides a comprehensive writing curriculum. All students must not only take two semesters of the first-year Lawyering Skills coursework but must also complete a a rigorous research and writing project (R&W) during the second or third year. The R&W must evidence strong legal analysis and result in a paper of professional quality.

Students may satisfy the R&W requirement in a number of ways, including taking a seminar that requires a paper meeting the standards for an R&W; pursuing an independent study project with a professor; writing a Law Review comment, Urban Lawyer Annotation, or Matrimonial Law journal project; or preparing a brief for a moot court competition. Details on this requirement are available for current students on Roolaw.