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207.5 sec. 002 - Advanced Legal Writing (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Lindsay Sturges Saffouri  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


TuTh 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 18, 2020
To November 30, 2020

Course Start: August 18, 2020
Course End: November 30, 2020
Class Number: 32267

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This is a litigation writing course. 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 use a case file throughout the semester to follow a typical litigation timeline. Students will produce several written assignments, including (but not limited to): a research email, an Answer or Complaint, several predictive memos, a client letter, and an Opposition or Reply Brief. 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.

All interested students ­­-- whether or not enrolled or placed on the wait list -- 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.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Legal Research and Writing 202.1A (or it's JD equivalent)
Written and Oral Advocacy 202.1B (or it's JD equivalent)

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may be counted as either an Option 1 class (two Option 1 classes satisfy the J.D. writing requirement) or units from this class may count toward the J.D. Experiential Requirement. This class may count for both requirements if and only if a student is electing Option 1 and the student's other Option 1 class being used to satisfy the J.D. writing requirement is not being counted towards any other requirement.

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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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Required Books are in blue

  • Point Made
    Edition: 2nd 2014
    ISBN: 9780199943852
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $23.95
    Price Source: user provided
  • Redbook: Manual on Legal Style
    Edition: 4th 2018
    ISBN: 9781642421002
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 63.00
    Price Source: user provided

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