Advanced Legal Writing (Flexible Schedule)
This course is designed to bring writing and editing skills to the next level through a combination of intensive in-class focus on the skills of writing and editing, followed by individualized instruction. The first two “boot camp” Saturday sessions will introduce students to the next level of writing and editing skills, with in-class peer critique and structured writing planning. Students will then put these advanced skills into practice by writing multiple drafts of a legal analysis in different forms. Students will meet in individual conferences discussing successive drafts of their written work after professor's feedback/grade. There will also be weekly required video/podcast lectures with advanced practical tips on relevant stages of writing and editing.
This advanced legal writing seminar satisfies the writing requirement. As such, students are required to write four papers of equal length involving original research. The class will be working through the legal writing process from initial research for a client through a final brief on the topic. Thus, each student will be writing a memo, then a brief, with substantial rewrites of each. All of the papers will address one legal problem as the class will be working through the recursive process of refining and revising legal analyses in the predictive and persuasive contexts.
Satisfies the Writing Requirement.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: All Business and Financial Services Pathways; All Government and Public Interest Pathways; All IP, Media, Technology, and Applied Sciences; General Practice