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Legal Methods and Legal Writing

Comprehensively Integrating Theory and Practice

We intensively engage our students in legal methods and legal writing over the course of three years, enabling them to graduate with essential skills to become effective attorneys. By the time our graduates file their first brief in court or counsel their first client, they have had opportunities in class and in co-op placementsclinics and pro bono projects to hone their research, analysis, writing and oral advocacy skills.

  • The study of legal methods begins even before arriving 1Ls start their full schedule of classes. During orientation, students critically read and interpret cases and statutes, conduct research in print and electronic media and place themselves in the lawyer's role by analyzing hypothetical problems.
  • As a capstone experience in the first year, students argue their briefs before practicing attorneys in real courtrooms used by the Philadelphia bench.
  • The intensive first-year curriculum prepares students for future co-op placements and clinics, where they will work in a variety of legal practice settings. 
  • Legal Methods faculty  and co-op faculty work together to keep content current and relevant to today's practice. Seminars that are part of the Co-op Program reinforce these skills.
  • We also offer upper-level courses that involve substantial research and writing components.

Professor Terry Jean Seligmann

Terry Jean Seligmann

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Terry Jean Seligmann, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Arlin M. Adams Professor of Legal Writing, has expertise in special education law and is a nationally known teacher of legal research and writing. Professor Seligmann joined the law school as a member of its inaugural faculty in the position of Director of its nationally ranked Legal Writing program. Before coming to the law school, Professor Seligmann directed the Legal Writing and Research program at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she was also a professor of law. She previously taught at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Seligmann has served on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, and has played a leadership role in organizing conferences and roundtables to advance legal research and writing programs. She is a former president of the Legal Writing Institute.  

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