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207.5 sec. 1 - Advanced Legal Writing (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Donna Petrine  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: W 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 130

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49490

Advanced Legal Writing is designed to further develop the legal writing and analytical skills students need to practice law successfully.

The precise format and topic of the course will vary from semester to semester. My aim is to provide students the opportunity to work on a challenging, real life legal problem that tests their ability to make sense of the law, and to convey that understanding in writing, with the chance to get instructor feedback on their individual work. In 2010, we wrote a 35-page summary judgment brief, and were able to spend time reviewing -- anonymously -- a variety of student work to compare approaches. In 2011, we worked on a bench memo on a different project. Fall 2012's project will be determined over the summer -- but I hope to generate a similar assignment (a 30+) page paper that allows for seminar grading and writing requirement credit. Obviously, a final decision on the availability of the seminar curve and writing requirement cannot be announced until the first class.

Registration Note: There are two small sections of this course, and I find the enrollment process is unreliable due to the limited number of spaces available and the heavy amount of shopping that goes on in the first few weeks of school. For that reason, whether or not you are wait-listed for the course, please attend the first session or, at least email me to confirm your continued interest. If you really want to take this class -- if it is a priority for you -- chances are good that you will get in once the dust settles. If you do not attend the first and second session of the course you may not enroll in it without special permission, even if there are open slots -- you will have missed too much material.

Note: There is no oral advocacy component to this course -- students interested in oral argument should consider taking Appellate Advocacy instead.

The syllabus will be posted ASAP; the first class will not require preparation -- it will be self-contained (any reading, exercises, etc, will be done in class).

JD students must have successfully completed (i.e., not failed) both LRW and WOA (or the equivalent at another school for transfers)to take this class. Only those LLMs with a JD or Commonwealth law degree may enroll in this course because of its reliance on successful completion of the basic legal writing course at an English-speaking law school.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses

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