About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Advanced Legal Writing for Pretrial Practice (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-882
- Class Number: 03658
- Instructor: Elizabeth Carroll
Students will learn to excel at legal writing tasks typically faced by junior litigation associates in the pre-trial phrase of a civil case. The course assignments and exercises will follow a case from the pleading stage through summary judgment. The graded assignments will involve drafting two common pretrial motions as well as a brief letter to opposing counsel in the context of a discovery dispute. Students will also participate in short, ungraded writing exercises designed to familiarize them with other forms of writing junior associates can expect to encounter in practice. Class participation will be an important part of the course as students work through exercises, share ideas about how to polish their writing, and tackle new issues that arise as the case evolves.
**Per ABA regulations, students may not use the same course to satisfy the skills and writing requirements.
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical Only
- Schedule: T/Th 9:30 am - 10:45 am
- Room Number: Ackerman Courtroom - Room 107
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: Yes
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 12 students
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