An introductory study of the various forms of legal writing and modes of legal research. Through an integrated approach to writing and research, the course begins by analyzing the components of judicial opinions and ends with the students independently researching and writing a sophisticated appellate brief. The principal goal of this course is the mastery of the basic tools of legal analysis, the principles of legal writing, and the techniques of legal research using both print and online resources.
This is a year-long course. Upon successful completion of the Fall and Spring semesters, students are awarded four credits and graded on numerical scale. A grade of Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) is given after the Fall semester.
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Research and/or analytical paper(s), 10-15 pages
Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context