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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- BUSINESS LAW
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- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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Judicial Decision-Making and Writing (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-873
- Class Number: 03642
- Instructor: Omar Noureldin
This course introduces students to the workings of judicial chambers and will explore how judges make decisions. Throughout the semester students will be exposed to, and write, different types of documents commonly used by judges to communicate their decisions such as jury instructions, trial court orders, and appellate court opinions in both federal civil and criminal cases. Substantive topics will include everything from civil rights cases to intellectual property disputes and criminal sentencings to habeas corpus petitions.
The class aims to develop your research, analysis, and writing skills beyond what you learned in your first-year legal writing courses. You will rely upon briefs, memoranda, and other documents filed in actual cases before the U.S. District and Circuit Courts. Classwork will focus on the theory, structure, and style of judicial decision-making and writing, while affording you the opportunity to work on writing composition principles through various exercises, including a final paper. This course is intended to appeal to any student who is interested in a federal judicial clerkship or wants to understand why judges make decisions and how they communicate them.
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical Only
- Schedule: W 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
- Room Number: Room 107 (Ackerman Courtroom)
- Exam: Paper
- Writing Requirement: Yes
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 15 students
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