Course Details

Advanced Legal Writing: Writing for the court

In this course, students will learn the core principles of effective writing for judicial law clerks. Through readings, class discussion, and writing exercises and critique, students will develop their ability to critically read the parties: briefs, abstract facts and evidence, conduct legal research, apply the rules of jurisdiction and procedure, analyze the facts and law from a judge's perspective, and draft and edit bench memoranda and opinions. The course will be useful preparation for judicial clerkships and externships, and will result in a judicial opinion for use as a writing sample. This class meets the Professional Writing Requirement Registration Requirements: Prerequisities: Communication and Legal Reasoning I and II Evaluation Methods: Students will be assessed based upon participation in various in-class exercises, the drafting of an appellate bench memorandum/opinion over the course of the semester, and a final take-home district court opinion writing assignment. This class satisfies the Professional Writing requirement. Class Materials: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) and additional materials to be provided for download from the Canvas course.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 628
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning,  Professional Writing


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Advanced Legal Writing: Writing for the Court
Faculty: Brown, Janet Siegel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15

Fall 2016
Title: Advanced Legal Writing: Writing for the Court
Faculty: Brown, Janet Siegel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15

Fall 2015
Title: Advanced Legal Writing: Writing for the Court
Faculty: Brown, Janet Siegel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15

Fall 2014
Title: Advanced Legal Writing: Writing for the court
Faculty: Brown, Janet Siegel (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 6