Southwestern has a Professional Skills Requirement pursuant to ABA Standard 302. This requirement may be fulfilled by a student taking a course which has been specifically approved and designated as meeting the professional skills requirement. The Faculty Curriculum Committee determines which courses meet the professional skills requirement each year.
Southwestern also has an Upper Division Writing Requirement for graduation from the law school. This requirement may be fulfilled by a student taking either a seminar or a course which has been specifically approved and designated as meeting the writing requirement. Successful completion of a Note or Comment of publishable quality in Law Review or successful completion of the Law Journal Seminar will also satisfy the writing requirement. Since instruction of this kind requires a low student-faculty ratio and out-of-classroom supervision of the students' research and writing, the seminar/course enrollment will normally be limited to 20 students.
The same course cannot be used to satisfy both the Professional Skills and the Upper Division Writing requirements.
Overview of courses that fulfill these requirements:
Click here for approved courses for the current academic year (see Required Courses List).
Please note: Course selection is subject to change. Some elective courses are not offered every year, and seminar topics vary from year to year.