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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 course will meet during spring break on the following days and times: Sat,. March 15, from 10:00-4:30; Mon., March 17, from 10:00-4:30; Wed., March 19, from 10:00-4:30; and Fri., March 21, from 10:00-4:30. Attendance every hour of all four class sessions is required. Adds are not permitted after Thursday, March 13. Students must drop before the second class session begins to avoid a "W." Method of Evaluation: Assessment is based on an 8-hour self-scheduled examination that will be available for two weeks after the course ends. The exam is 85% of the final grade; participation is 15%. Pre-requisites:Communication and Legal Reasoning I and Communication and Legal Reasoning II Reading Materials: Bryan Garner, Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises (University of Chicago Press 2d ed. 2013) (ISBN # 9780226283937). Please note: this is a new edition of the book; you must have the new edition for this course. Course Schedule: The course will meet during spring break on the following days and times: Sat,. March 15, from 10:00-4:30 Mon., March 17, from 10:00-4:30 Wed., March 19, from 10:00-4:30 Fri., March 21, from 10:00-4:30 Attendance every hour of all four class sessions is required. Adds are not permitted after Thursday, March 13.


Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 623


Course History

Winter 2014
Title: Effective Legal Writing
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 14



Winter 2013
Title: Effective Legal Writing
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15



Winter 2013
Title: Effective Legal Writing
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 15



Summer 2012
Title: Effective Legal Writing
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 13



Winter 2011
Title: Effective Legal Writing
Faculty: Provenzano, Susan E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 16