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Advanced Legal Writing for Pretrial Practice (Spring 2017)

Course Description

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.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical Only
  • Schedule: T/Th 9:30 am - 10:45 am
  • Room Number: Room 107 (Ackerman Courtroom)
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: Yes
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 12 students