Concordia Law provides a cutting-edge legal research and writing curriculum. Students take both LRW I and LRW II their first year. LRW I provides integrated instruction in the fundamentals of professionalism; legal research, analysis, and writing; fact investigation; research strategies; and problem solving. LRW II builds on the research, writing, and analytical skills taught in LRW I. Students focus on persuasive writing and drafting briefs for a court. Students also present oral arguments in a court room setting. In both LRW I and II, students learn to understand audience and the fundamentals of effective written communication, principles of organization, clarity, and conciseness.
In addition to the first year courses, students take an advanced writing course. Each advanced course is designed to deepen students' knowledge of understanding audience and purpose, organization and clarity, and strategy. All of the courses in the legal research and writing program are taught in small sections to allow the students to conference with the professor and to receive individual feedback. Three courses are required for graduation: LRW I and II, and an upper-division course that satisfies the advanced writing requirement.