Course Details

Advanced Legal Writing – Communicating with Professionals

Lawyers regularly communicate with both lawyers and non-lawyers. Lawyers communicate to persuade, to convey strategy and analysis, to manage expectations, and to communicate news. All audiences have short attention spans, requiring lawyers to convey information concisely. This course will provide best practices for communicating in typical lawyering situations. The course will proceed in four modules, addressing the following topics: 1) email communication; 2) communicating in meetings, on the telephone communication, and on conference calls; 3) presentations; and 4) understanding your audience, along with avoiding and reacting to bias. Through writing exercises, role-playing, presentations, and critique, students will develop their ability to critically prepare for and engage in persuasive communication with the wide variety of audiences they will encounter as lawyers. The course will be highly useful training for students seeking to practice law in any workplace setting. This intersession course will meet in May 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following dates: Monday, May 15; Tuesday, May, 16; Wednesday, May, 17; and Friday, May 19. Students must attend all hours of each class session. Adds are not permitted after Thursday, May 11, 2017. Students must drop before the second class session begins to avoid a “W.” Prerequisites: Communication & Legal Reasoning I & II Students will be assessed on the drafting and editing of three graded research and writing assignments (including emails and client correspondence) and two oral reports, as well as class participation which will included ungraded in-class assignments. Marie Buckley, The Lawyer’s Essential Guide to Writing (ABA 2011); Mark Hermann, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Law Practice (ABA 2006);The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) and additional materials to be provided for download from Canvas.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 712


Course History

Summer 2017
Title: Advanced Legal Writing – Communicating with Professionals
Faculty: Hill, Dana (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 12