207.5 sec. 006 - Advanced Legal Writing (Fall 2022)
Instructor: Emily Berry (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
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From August 22, 2022
To November 30, 2022
Course End: November 30, 2022
Class Number: 32275
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 02/17 06:39 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 waitlist -- 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.
Attendance at the first two weeks of class sessions is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present during the first two weeks of class (without prior permission of the instructor) may be dropped without notice. The instructor can 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 risk being dropped without notice.
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.
Course Category: Simulation Courses
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