Course Details

Effective Legal Writing

Effective Legal Writing is a master class that will prepare you to write well in any legal setting. Over four intensive sessions, you will learn to write with impact, clarity, and appeal. We will discuss and practice the major principles of legal writing in plain English ¿ rejecting clutter, legalese, and fuzzy thinking in favor of simplicity, incisiveness, and style. But you will also leave the course with a toolbox for legal writing, complete with a writing process and reliable methods for approaching organization, sentences, even words. This class will function largely as a workshop in which we analyze the impact of various pieces of writing. The approach is interdisciplinary. You will learn from great journalists and essayists ¿ as well as accomplished legal writers -- and apply the most effective techniques to your own work. On top of this we will add group critiques of your own and others¿ writing in response to targeted exercises. You¿ll see how, irrespective of form, effective writing depends on clear thinking and a dependable set of tools, not rules. The Summer 2013 course is designed to accommodate students who are working full-time in summer jobs (although all students who meet the pre-requisites are eligible to enroll). The Summer 2013 course is scheduled over four intensive sessions outside of business hours. We will meet on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30-9:00 p.m. The exam will be available for approximately two weeks after the course ends, so please schedule your summer travel accordingly. Attendance every hour of all four class sessions is required. Adds are not permitted after Friday, June 14. Students must drop before the second class session begins to avoid a "W."

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 623S

Course History

Summer 2016
Title: Effective Legal Writing
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 11