Wednesday, April 16, 2008

University of Denver revamps upper-level writing program

The faculty of the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law have voted to accept the recommendations of consultants and professors Ralph Brill of Chicago-Kent and Karin Mika of Cleveland-Marshall to not only revise its upper-level writing (ULW) curriculum, but also to move to a different faculty model. The revamped program will feature the following:

  • A requirement that all law students take a three-credit advanced writing course in the second year, based on the skills model currently being used in the Upper Level Writing course, with the courses to offer a variety of skills experiences, including non-litigation skills.
  • A requirement that the proposed ULW course be taught exclusively by ULW faculty trained to teach legal writing, who shall receive long-term contracts with governance rights commensurate with existing ULW faculty. 
  • A commitment to undertake the gradual transformation of the Upper Level Writing faculty positions into tenure-track positions (tenured in the writing program with full faculty governance rights), subject to the faculty's approval of the terms and description of the tenure track position and, where required, by the University.

Congratulations to the University of Denver for approving this forward-thinking proposal!

hat tip: Timothy Hurley, Director, ULW Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law


P.S.  Karen Mika wanted to acknowledge also the contributions of former director K.K. DuVivier and Associate Dean Jay Brown.


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