The Research and Writing Requirement

In order to graduate my school has a research and writing requirement that can be satisfied by the completion of a 30 page paper. Most schools have a similar requirement. It is actually an ABA requirement that law students must take at least one course as a 2L or 3L that requires the writing of a paper for credit.

As with most things in law school I have procrastinated in fulfilling this requirement. This is my last semester though so I can’t put it off any longer. I’ll have to write thirty pages over the next two months which I’m not looking forward to. I like writing in general but not legal writing. I plan on working on it an hour at a time and it will eventually get done.

For any of you current or soon to be law students I would advise starting your R&W before your last semester or at least starting on it promptly at the beginning of your last semester.

3 thoughts on “The Research and Writing Requirement”

  1. I don’t know if this will help you or not but I’ve found that I can write about 2 pages in a hour. And I try to break it up. Maybe a hour in the morning and a hour in the afternoon. I’m sure that sci-fi is easier than legal writing. But it breaks down to just over 4 pages a week for you. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I find that if I break it down like this I don’t get overwhelmed. I usually have to write about 300 pages for each book. So if I think about it having to be 300 pages+, I can’t write. But if I tell myself I only have to write one sentence, it’s not upsetting anymore.
    Sometimes a pep talk helps! Good Luck!

  2. How will you manage your semi retirement & travel plan and pay off the law school debts? I think you might have mentioned this before so sorry if I’ve missed it.

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