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Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, And Execution (2010)

LibGuide Adopted from:  Jessica L. Clark & Kristen E. Murray, Scholarly Writing: Ideas, Examples, And Execution (2d ed. 2012).

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AWR Policy

The AWR Policy is available on the Your ASLS website under Your Degree > Academic Records Policies and Procedures.

According to the policy, “AWR papers must include significant legal research, original thinking and analysis, and result in a final paper of a kind and quality similar to that found suitable for publication in law review.”  

When Should Students Complete the AWR Requirement?

  • Students who have completed at least 30 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.20 are eligible to write the AWR.
  • Students must complete their 1L requirements before writing the AWR.
  • Students must complete the AWR before the last term of law school unless they have approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Outcomes.
  • Student on academic probation may not complete their AWR without approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Outcomes.

How can Students Complete the AWR Requirement?

Students have 3 options:

  1. Complete the AWR in connection with an upper-division substantive or advanced writing or research course.
  2. A research paper in connection with a supervised 2-credit Independent Study Course.
  3. A reserach and writing assignment in connection with Law Reivew, supervised by a faculty member.

What is required?

  • AWR must receive a grade of B or higher.
  • Final paper must be 5,000 words in length, excluding footnotes.
  • Paper must include reference to at least 25 sources.
  • Paper must include 20 independent substantive footnotes.

Click here to view the policy.

Click here to locate Records and Registration forms for the AWR.


AWR Steps

  1. Choose how you will complete the requirement (see options above) and enroll in the appropriate course.
  2. Secure a supervisor, if applicable. (You will need to do this if you are completing the AWR through Law Review or Independent Study.)
  3. Sumit written proposal outlining the research project to your supervisor for approval. Use the AWR Proposal Form located at the Records and Registration forms link above.
  4. Submit supervisor-approved proposal form to Records and Registration.
  5. Choose a Topic
    1. Finding a Topic for Your Law School Paper or Law Review Comment/Note
  6. Write a Thesis
  7. Conduct a Preemption Check to ensure that your thesis is unique.
  8. Schedule Deadlines with Faculty Advisor
  9. Conduct research
  10. Review Thesis Based Upon Research
    1. Is there support for your thesis/argument?
  11. Build an Outline With Subheadings
  12. More Research
  13. First Draft
  14. Second Draft
  15. Bluebook
  16. Final Draft - submit on day assigned by supervisor, which will be no later than the last day of the exam period in the term in which you are writing the AWR.

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