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.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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- + AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- UNDERGRADUATE COURSES AND PROGRAMS
- CORPORATE AND CUSTOM EDUCATION
- + NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Advanced Legal Writing Practicum (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-601
- Class Number: 03222
- Instructor: Catherine Coleman
This three-unit course is designed to give upper-division students advanced skills that are critical for effective legal writing, including the ability to (1) develop and analyze legal arguments so that they can be organized into coherent and cogent letters, contracts, and memos; (2) recognize and edit verbose writing; (3) recognize and rephrase ambiguous writing; and (4) subtly edit language to make it more persuasive. The course focuses on written exercises and on drafting types of documents that were not covered in the first-year writing curriculum.
The course satisfies either the upper-division writing requirement or the upper-division skills requirement, whichever the student elects.
The course is graded numerically only. Students will be graded on written assignments, class participation, and class attendance. There will be no final examination. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical Only
- Schedule: M/W 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
- Room Number: Room 114
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: Yes
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 12 students
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