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207.5 sec. 2 - Advanced Legal Writing (Fall 2014)
"Advanced Legal Writing"

Instructor: Lucinda Sikes  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: W 10:00-11:50
Meeting Location: 244

Course Start: August 27, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49514


Enrollment is limited to 19 students. All interested students ­­-- whether or not enrolled or placed on the wait list by BearFacts -- must attend the first class in order to be admitted. Any student who does not attend the first class may be dropped by the instructor.

Writing is integral to most aspects of state and federal civil law practice including communicating effectively with attorneys, clients and judges. Advanced Legal Writing helps prepare students for the rigors of legal analysis and writing in general civil practice by providing in-depth writing experience. Using materials adapted from an actual lawsuit, students will write a trial court brief, as well as several related documents. Writing assignments will involve initial drafts, instructor feedback, peer review, and final revisions. Research skills will be reviewed and practiced. The course builds on the skills learned in the first year in Legal Research and Writing and Written and Oral Advocacy, by providing more challenging legal problems and expecting more independent work. The goal of the course will be to take students beyond basic competence to excellence in legal writing. Specifically, the course should help students hone the following skills: analyzing and conceptualizing legal issues, structuring legal arguments and documents, mastering objective v. persuasive techniques, and sharpening efficient writing and editing skills. There is no oral argument component to this course.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

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Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses

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  • Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
    Ross Guberman
    Edition: second
    ISBN: 9780199943852
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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