Instructor(s): Margaret Jane Radin

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7073HS.

Turning academic writing into publishable legal scholarship is a multi-stage endeavor, one that typically involves both review and rewriting by the author and close reading and criticism from other scholars. This workshop is aimed at students with an interest in this process. The goal of this workshop is to have developed a publishable paper by the conclusion of the workshop.

During the seminar we will read and critique students work, and also read works by other scholars where helpful to provide background for the topics on which the students are working. Much of our time will be devoted to presenting and responding to the works in progress of the workshop students as the papers undergo revision.

Please note: This is a collaborative course. Attendance is mandatory, because active participation and engagement on the part of students is central to the conduct of the course as a whole. Students will be responsible for presenting and revising their own papers, and for commenting upon each other's work. Each student paper will be presented twice during the semester: first, by a student commentator, and second, following revision, by the student author. After these two presentations and discussion sessions, each student will submit a final revised paper to the instructor at the end of the workshop.

Before the term begins each student must have previously written a draft of an academic paper that he or she would like to revise substantially in the course of the workshop. Normally this will be a paper written for another course. Students interested in enrolling in the workshop are invited to submit draft papers to the instructor for review at: Papers should be submitted in early December, and in any event no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2018 (the deadline for the submission of term work); in exceptional cases, papers may also be considered in early January. Papers chosen by the instructor will then be circulated to the students in the course.

Students will be evaluated on the quality of the final product, including the quality and consistency of work put into achieving that product (60%), as well as the quality and responsiveness of the two required presentations (10%), and the degree to which each member of the workshop fulfills his or her commitment to the other members of the workshop, through active attendance (10%) and through reading and commenting on the work of each member (20%).

At a Glance

Second Term


10 JD


M: 4:10 - 6:00