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207.5 sec. 2 - Advanced Legal Writing (Spring 2014)

Instructor: Donna Petrine  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 10

Course Start: January 07, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49508

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 Fall 2010 and 2013, we wrote a 35-page summary judgment brief, and were able to spend time reviewing -- anonymously -- a variety of student work to compare approaches. Other semesters involved a 35-page bench memo. Spring 2014's project will be a similar assignment (a 30+ page paper) that allows for seminar grading and writing requirement credit.

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).

Completion of LRW and WOA or equivalent English writing skills.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

This course satisfies the Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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Required Books are in blue

  • Point Made.
    Ross Guberman
    Edition: 1st ed./2011
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN: 9780195394870
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $19.95
    Price Source: user provided

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