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207.5 sec. 004 - Advanced Legal Writing (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Natalie C Winters  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 107
From January 13, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 13, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 32072

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This is a written advocacy class with a focus on building and honing fundamental skills through the lens of a criminal law fact pattern. Writing assignments may involve initial drafts, instructor feedback, peer review, and final revisions. We will also discuss research skills. There is no oral argument component to grading.

This course takes a hands-on approach by assigning all students to a new (hypothetical) criminal case as either the prosecution or the defense attorney -- your choice. Throughout the course of the semester, you will learn how great written advocacy can influence that case in many ways. We will build 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.

The instructor, Natalie Winters, also serves as the Director of Berkeley Law's Advocacy Competitions Program. She previously worked as an attorney at the Colorado State Public Defender's Office handling misdemeanor and felony caseloads where she litigated over twenty jury trials, wrote appellate briefs, and supervised student interns.

Legal Research and Writing 202.1A (or its JD equivalent) and Written and Oral Advocacy 202.1B (or its 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: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Criminal Law

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