Instructor(s): Jutta Brunnée

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7572HF.

Schedule: Two Mondays per month 12:30 – 2:00 pm

This seminar is mandatory for all LLM students and attendance is mandatory. Every justified absence will require students to prepare an additional assignment. One unjustified absence will require students to prepare an additional assignment. Two unjustified absences will result in a failing grade. Justified absences are those accepted under our accommodations policy and, whenever possible, requested in advance of the class.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide LLM students with an introduction to various theoretical, doctrinal, empirical and critical approaches to legal scholarship, using an experiential pedagogy that integrates academic skills such as legal writing, research and exam-writing.

The seminar will be comprised of an introduction to different schools of legal thought, together with skills-based modules. For the skills-based module component of the course, students must select one of the following modules:

  • Basic Legal Writing and Research: Research Proposals and Bibliographies
  • Advanced Legal Writing and Research: Narrative Outlines
  • Exam Preparation and Writing

    Students must select one of these modules by the end of the drop/add period. Students who wish to take more than one module may do so by taking a companion course at the same time on an optional basis: LLM Seminar: Additional Legal Analysis/Skills-Based Modules (LAW7573HF).

  • Evaluation
    Pass/fail, based on attendance and completion of the assignments. Students are required to attend two classes per month: one class on the different schools of legal thought, and another related to the skills-based module they have chosen. Each class will be 1.5 hours (9 hours during the fall semester).

    At a Glance

    First Term


    80 LLM/MSL