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206.4 sec. 5 - Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. Students (Fall 2014)Instructor: Kenneth Albert (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: Th 11:20-12:30
Meeting Location: 240
Course Start: August 28, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49487
Fall semester Legal Research and Writing introduces non-thesis track LLM students to the basics of the U.S. courts and legal practice. Students learn how to read and analyze cases, locate and select precedent, and construct legal arguments in a common-law system. The aim of this course is to teach students the skills they need to maneuver skillfully through U.S. legal culture. In the fall, the program emphasizes predictive writing and introduces oral advocacy. This semester serves as a foundation for the spring semester, which focuses on persuasive advocacy in written and oral form.
Writing instruction takes place in small sections led by instructors with extensive legal practice experience. In addition, Writing Coaches assist in providing individual feedback.
Research instruction is integrated into the writing assignments, and may include the use of both paper and computer resources. The program is structured to allow students the opportunity to improve their research skills through the introduction of additional resources relevant to the writing assignments. Students also learn legal citation form.
Over the course of the semester, students prepare a legal memorandum in addition to other, shorter assignments. Students submit a draft memo, receive comments, attend a one-on-one conference about their memo, and then revise and submit a final version. (There is no final exam.)
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