Law 90_ Advanced Legal Writing
This course is designed for law students who want to further practice and enhance their skills in effective legal analysis, legal communication, and persuasion that are relevant to a variety of legal documents and practice areas. Students will also learn the theory behind effective argumentation. Because the skills and theory will be introduced in the context of in-class exercises and writing assignments that require students to solve problems for hypothetical clients, the course also exposes students to common legal documents beyond those introduced in Legal Research and Writing (LAW 804). While emphasis of the course, specific assignments, and subject matter involved in assignments will vary depending on the professor who is teaching each semester, students can expect to complete the following: a closed universe predictive issue analysis (similar to what is required for the Multi-State Performance Test); a major writing assignment that involves substantial independent research and original thought (e.g., a memorandum in support of, or in opposition to, a dispositive pre-trial motion, such as a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment); and exercises designed to emphasize effective oral and written communication with lawyers and clients. This is not a drafting course. The course can satisfy a student’s Substantial Writing Requirement or Experiential Credits Requirement (but not both).