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Advanced Legal Writing for Business Lawyers (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-883
  • Class Number: 03659
  • Instructor: Julie A. Ryan

Course Description

This course is designed for students interested in business law or other transactional practice  areas, such as entertainment or employment law. It is structured to simulate the experience of a first-year transactional associate at a large law firm. Students will learn how to communicate clearly, concisely, and appropriately in a transactional-law setting, and how to apply and adapt these skills for any given situation.  Students will practice these skills through a series of simulations based on actual multinational business transactions. Students will also be exposed to substantive business-law issues they are likely encounter as a junior transactional associate at a law firm.  Although this is a writing course, the focus is more on lawyering skills in general; the objective is for students to start their summer associate or first-year associate job “practice-ready.” Class time generally will be split between lecturing and in-class simulations and discussion.   

Per ABA regulations, students may not use the same course to satisfy both the skills and writing requirments.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical Only
  • Schedule: W 10:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 107 (Ackerman Courtroom)
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: Yes
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 12 JD students, 8 LLM students