All Hastings first year students take Legal Writing and Research (LW&R) in the Fall semester. LW&R provides each student with a basic foundation in the most important skills one needs to be a lawyer.
The LW&R curriculum is designed to teach students how to:
The LW&R course provides students with a comfortable, small-class atmosphere in which they can develop the ability to analyze a problem, research the law, and logically and effectively communicate the results of the research in clear, simple English.
In the Spring semester of the first year, students take Moot Court. There, students will write an appellate brief, deliver an oral argument, learn argumentative and persuasive legal writing, and continue to hone and refine their legal research skills.