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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW Certificate of ...

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAWCertificate of Completion of Student Writing RequirementDirections:Deadlines:This form is be completed by the student, signed by the faculty member who supervised thewriting, and submitted to the Registrar as proof that the student has completed the College ofLaw’s writing requirement.The deadlines for submitting the signed faculty certification to the Registrar are as follows:(a) Course or seminar: When the writing requirement is satisfied in a course or seminar, theinstructor must submit the completed faculty certification by the deadline for submission ofgrades for the course/seminar.(b) Law review or journal note: When the writing requirement is satisfied via a facultysupervisedlaw review or journal note, the completed faculty certification must be submitted(by the supervising faculty member or the student - student submission is through the Officeof Student Life) by the last day of class in the Spring semester.(c) Independent study: When the writing requirement is satisfied via a faculty-supervisedindependent study, the completed faculty certification must by submitted (by the supervisingfaculty member) no later than four weeks after the last day of class for the semester in whichthe independent study was completed.Student’s Name: _______________________________________Telephone No.: ________________________________________E-mail: ______________________________________________Name of Course/Journal: ________________________________(or indicate “Independent Study”)SUID No. _________________________Expected Graduation Date: ___________Term Completed: __________________Course No. ________________________Important: different writing requirements apply to students depending on the year they first matriculated atthe College of Law. The applicable writing requirement standards are found in Academic Rule A.3.(b) (andare reproduced on the reverse of this form).Note: satisfaction of the “new” writing requirement (the one that applies to students who entered the Collegeof Law in 2006-07) is sufficient to satisfy the “old” writing requirement.Students: Please check the appropriate box: I matriculated in 2004 or 2005 and have not taken a leave of absence. I matriculated in the 2006 academic year or laterStudents who matriculated in 2004 or 2005 but have taken a leave of absence should meet with the Office of theDean of Student Life for advising to determine which writing requirement applies.Faculty CertificationI certify that the above-named student has successfully completed the appropriate writingrequirement, as described below, under my supervision.Faculty name (please print): ___________________________Date: ____________Faculty Signature:______________________________________________


(“New”) Writing Requirement for Students who entered the College of Law in the 2006-2007academic year. Each student must satisfy an upper level writing requirement in order to receive the J.D.degree by completing a paper of 25 or more double-spaced pages with a twelve point font and ordinarymargins. The paper must demonstrate substantial in depth analysis, reflection, and revision. Only papersprepared under faculty supervision, including extensive written feedback on at least one substantial draftof the student’s writing project can satisfy the requirement. Only papers prepared for courses or activitiescertified by the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs can satisfy the writing requirement. TheSenior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may certify a course or any other activity (includingindependent study) as a vehicle for satisfying the writing requirement, provided that a faculty memberwill provide the required supervision in conjunction with the activity.(“Old”) Writing Requirement for Students who entered the College of Law in 2004 or 2005 andhave not taken a leave of absence. The satisfactory completion of the writing requirement by a onesemesterseminar, one two-semester seminar, one Law Review, International Law Journal, or SyracuseScience and Technology Law Reporter note or comment under appropriate faculty supervision, or anyother course or special activity which meets the standards established by the faculty and has beenapproved by the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is required for the J.D. degree. In allcourses, seminars, tutorials and clinics offered in fulfillment of the writing requirement, there must becertification by the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs that the course meets standardsestablished by the faculty. These standards comprise, at a minimum: (i) single or multiple writingprojects which total a minimum of 25 pages of text; (ii) writing projects which demonstrate substantialdepth of analysis, reflection and revision; and (iii) regular faculty supervision and feedback, includingextensive written feedback on at least one substantial draft of the students' writing projects.

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