207.6 sec. 1 - Advanced Legal Writing: Writing for Practice (Fall 2014)
Instructor: David A. Carrillo (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Michael Gowe
Instructor: Suzanne Miles
Instructor: Megan Somogyi (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: W 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 12
Course Start: August 27, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49517
UPDATE: As this course is significantly over-enrolled, any student who does not appear at the first course meeting will be dropped.
UPDATE 07/09/2014: Bryan Garner, the universally-acknowledged preeminent authority on modern American legal writing, is scheduled to make a guest appearance to teach a one-day seminar on Fri 24 Oct at Boalt Hall from 9am to 5pm. The first block of seats is reserved for students enrolled in this class. Attendance at this special class meeting is required.
This course will develop advanced legal writing skills to prepare students for the varied challenges of legal practice. Students will develop experience and confidence in legal writing forms other than persuasive appellate briefing. The tasks in the course are designed to replicate and train students in handling the real-life project assignment dynamic typically encountered in practice. This course will prepare students for that essential part of their legal careers, in addition to building advanced writing skills.
This course has three goals:
• Expose students to the wider variety of legal writing projects a practitioner will encounter.
• Develop practitioner-level writing skills.
• Expose students to the performance test section of the California bar examination.
The ideal student for this course has some writing ability, basic legal writing training, and desires a more rigorous training program that will develop superior writing skill.
This course will be divided into a series of tasks of varying type, complexity, and length, as follows. Each task will begin with a writing problem. The problems will be drawn from California and Multistate performance tests administered in the recent past. The problems will vary in kind, and may include such things as: an advice letter to a client; a meet and confer letter to opposing counsel; a letter brief to a judge; a research memo as an associate to a supervising partner, or as a clerk to a judge. The expected work product and deadline will be discussed in class, and students will then have a defined time in which to complete the product. Students will work alone on some problems, and with a partner on others. The overall dynamic will emulate the bar and real life: a variety of legal writing projects, some more objective and some less so, under varying deadlines.
Instruction and feedback will be delivered in a NITA style. This involves group discussion of a student work product, identification of errors, demonstration of the expected skill, and performance of the skill by the student. Each task will result in concrete, detailed feedback from the instructors, in class and in small group or individual meetings.
Grades will be assigned based on quality of written work, attendance, and in-class participation.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.
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Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.