Legal Writing for the Courts   [Archived Catalog]
2015-2016 School of Law Bulletin (Archived Copy)

LAWS 682 - Legal Writing for the Courts

Credits: 3

This course will concentrate on format, organization, analysis and written expression of thought in a variety of documents which the students will prepare in the context of writing for a hypothetical appellate judge and court. The documents will include materials to support an application for a judicial clerkship, a bench brief, a pre-conference memorandum, an opinion for the court, a dissenting opinion, and editing exercises. The instructor will provide advice and individual comments tailored to each student's writing style.

Note: Students may elect to satisfy either the skills graduation requirement or writing graduation requirement, but not both.

Basis of Grade: A series of writing assignments

Form of Grade: Letter