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Advanced Legal Writing for American Practice

This course orients LLM and JSM students to a range of legal writing genres used by American lawyers in practice and by law students in papers and exams. At the core of these genres are the techniques of legal research, objective and persuasive legal writing, and related legal analysis, as practiced in American law offices and courts. The course presents students with realistic legal writing scenarios that they address in and out of class. Students prepare an analytical memorandum, advising a hypothetical corporate client, and a short brief for a mediator. The assignments are designed to help students adapt their writing skills by incorporating methods that American lawyers use to analyze typical legal problems and to advocate on behalf of their clients. Special Instructions: Students must participate in one conference with the instructor, outside regular class hours, to be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Only LLM and JSM students may enroll in this class via Axess. If the class is oversubscribed, a lottery system will be used the first week of class to determine the final class list. This course is limited to LLM and advanced degree students only. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance, and written and oral assignments.

Instructors for this course (Past and Present)

Sarah Duranske
Beth McLellan