The Graduate Lawyering Program is seeking rising 2Ls and 3Ls to serve as teaching assistants in a new course that the School is launching this fall, U.S. Legal Research, Writing and Analysis II (LRWA II). There will be 5 sections in the fall (meeting twice a week), two intensive sections that meet for one week in January, the week before the start of spring classes, and one section in the spring semester.
Professors Mary Holland, Irene Ayers and Karen Ross will teach these classes. As the course name suggests, it will focus on legal research, writing and analysis. Students enrolled in the course will gain significant practical training, including drafting a research memo and a contract. Under faculty supervision, TAs will have substantial responsibility in reviewing written work and providing feedback to students. TAs will also work with students on their ongoing writing projects, advising on structure, content, and style, as well as providing instruction on legal citation. TAs will work closely with faculty in a collegial atmosphere.
The LRWA II course is for international LL.M. students and is required for most foreign-trained attorneys expecting to sit for the New York Bar exam. The course employs the same teaching methodologies as the 1L Lawyering Program, but is streamlined and refined specifically for international graduate students. The LL.M. students are typically lawyers admitted to the bar in other countries and generally have two or more years of practice experience. Many LL.M. students are non-native English speakers, with varying expertise in U.S. legal research and writing. These students are eager to learn about the American legal system and culture and to get to know J.D.s who may be in their other classes.
Working with the Law School’s LL.M. students is both personally and professionally rewarding, providing the opportunity to start a global professional network while still in law school. It is an excellent opportunity for those with teaching aspirations, and it will give all TAs a chance to focus on their own legal research, writing and analytical skills in the context of helping others.
The Program seeks J.D.s with strong research, writing and analytical skills, together with excellent people skills.
LRWA II TAs will receive credit towards their J.D. degree.
To apply, please send your resume, transcript and a writing sample to Jesus Ballivian, administrative assistant to Mary Holland, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Holland, Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program, at email@example.com.