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Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing (LRRW)

center for experiential learning: skills-based courses

Professor Judy Tracy

The Boston College Law School first-year Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing Program (LRRW) is nationally recognized for its curriculum which integrates analysis, research and writing and successfully prepares students to competently perform these tasks essential to the successful practice of law.

The five-credit, year-long course engages students in rigorous predictive and advocacy memoranda assignments. Instruction is characterized by a fully integrated research curriculum, classroom discussion of analysis, and comprehensive, individualized feedback. The exceptionally experienced, full-time LRRW faculty are leaders in the pedagogy and scholarship of legal analysis and communication.  An extensive and varied upper-level legal writing and research curriculum complements this outstanding first-year program. Boston College Law School is proud that its LRRW program has been a training ground for teachers of legal writing at many other law schools.

First-Year Curriculum

Upper-Level Curriculum


LRRW Faculty Bios

E. Joan Blum

Mary Ann Chirba

Jane Kent Gionfriddo

Elisabeth Keller

Judith B. Tracy

"I attribute my professional success at my law firm entirely to Boston College's LRR&W program. Good writing skills guarantee more work, positive recognition and future success."
-- Excerpt from alumnae/i feedback


"This was the most difficult course I took but also the most rewarding.  My writing skills improved dramatically and I have the confidence to prepare quality memos for my employers this summer."
-- Excerpt from course evaluation after 1L year