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207.5 sec. 005 - Advanced Legal Writing (Spring 2021)
Instructor: Natalie Winters (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
- Th 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
From January 21, 2021
To April 30, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 33625
Enroll Limit: 10
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM
This is a written advocacy class with a focus on building and honing fundamental skills. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Students will produce several written assignments, including research emails, a client letter, and a persuasive motion. Writing assignments may involve initial drafts, instructor feedback, peer review, and final revisions. We will also briefly touch on research skills. There is no oral argument component to grading.
This course takes a hands-on approach by assigning you to a new (hypothetical) criminal case as either the prosecution or the defense attorney. Throughout the course of the semester, you will learn how great written advocacy can influence that case in many ways. Through client/victim communication, negotiating via email with opposing counsel, and researching and filing a constitutional law motion, this course takes a pragmatic approach in building upon the foundational research and writing courses you took as a 1L. Whether you plan to enter a career in criminal law or not, this course will help you become a more confident, direct, and persuasive writer.
You will learn whether you represent the prosecution or the defense on the first day of class through a mix of volunteering and, if need be, random assignment. Students assigned the defense will have a due date for their final motion that is slightly earlier in the semester, due to the nature of pretrial litigation. When instructed, you will also work with a co-counsel to complete smaller assignments.
Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.
The instructor is Natalie Winters, who also works at Berkeley Law as the Director of the Advocacy Competitions Program. She worked as an attorney at the Colorado State Public Defender's Office for three years handling misdemeanor and felony caseloads.
Legal Research and Writing 202.1A (or its JD equivalent)
Written and Oral Advocacy 202.1B (or its JD equivalent)
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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