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206.5 sec. 002 - Advanced Legal Writing for LL.M.s (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Tarah Gayle Powell-Chen  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 145
From January 11, 2023
To February 22, 2023

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: February 22, 2023
Class Number: 32381

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course develops sophisticated legal writing skills to prepare international LL.M. students to work alongside U.S. attorneys and serve U.S. clients. The tasks in the course are designed to replicate and train students in handling the real-life project assignments typically encountered in a U.S. practice. Problems are drawn from California and New York bar examination performance tests. Students will gain exposure to a variety of legal writing projects, learn to use the U.S style of legal rhetoric in their writing, improve legal analysis and writing skills, and prepare for the bar exam.

This course is divided into a series of tasks of varying type, complexity, and length. The types of problems vary, and may include such things as: an advice letter to a client, a research memo as an associate to a supervising partner, a factual affidavit for trial, closing arguments for trial, or a persuasive brief written for a judge. Students will work individually on most assignments, and will collaborate on some of them as well.

Attendance at the first 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.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 1.5 hours
Course Category: General Courses

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