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Upper Level Curriculum
Rachel Naquin interned with both the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and the Jefferson Parish Public Defenders office in Louisiana. She also holds a position on the Penn State Law Review and the ABA National Appellate Advocacy team. She credits Professor Nicole Chong's legal writing classes, which gave her the skills which made these internships and opportunities possible.
"Penn State Law's legal writing courses gave me a strong foundation that I relied upon for my summer internships and throughout law school. Because of what I learned in my writing classes, I could confidently research any issue required by my supervising attorneys. I also believe I would not have been able to succeed in the journal and moot court write-on competitions without these valuable skills."
Upper-Level Writing and Research Courses
After the first-year ALAW and Legal Research Tools and Strategies courses, students can continue to work on becoming excellent legal writers, researchers and, ultimately, successful lawyers by taking upper-level research and writing courses. An array of courses enable students to refine oral and written communication skills in a way that employers value, such as:
- Intensive Legal Writing & Drafting
- Writers’ Workshop
- Writing and Editing for Lawyers
- Advanced LL.M. Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
- Strategic Legal Research
- Intensive Common Law Analysis and Language (LLM)
- Legal Journalism
- Research and Writing for Judicial Clerkships
- Client Counseling
- Negotiation and Mediation
- Clinics and Externships
- Appellate Advocacy
- PreTrial Practice and Advocacy