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Advanced Legal Writing Seminar
J.D. Seminar 036 | 3 credit hours
In this seminar, students build upon principles introduced in the first year about both the legal writing process and product. The course will be run like a law firm, with students performing overlapping assignments for a supervising attorney. Over the course of the semester, students should expect to research and write several documents geared toward a civil litigation practice, including research memoranda, pleadings (Complaints and Answers, etc.) and legal briefs (motions, etc.). At least one document will be a collaborative writing assignment. Professor Anzidei will guide in-class discussions that incorporate the readings and will provide individualized comments and grades on each assignment. Students will also gain experience by commenting on drafts exchanged with their colleagues. The seminar will teach cost and time-effective prewriting, writing, and revising techniques, and it will give students ample opportunity to hone their research and persuasive writing skills before entering into the legal practice.
Prerequisite: Legal Practice: Writing and Analysis.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and the Advanced Legal Writing In Practice Seminar or Advanced Legal Writing: Legal Writing as a Discipline.
Professor permission is required.
THIS COURSE REQUIRES PROFESSOR PERMISSION TO ENROLL. Preference for enrollment is given to 3L and 4E students. Students enrolled in the course will be writing, commenting, or revising nearly every week and should be prepared to make a substantial time investment in the class. Please submit a statement of interest to Professor Anzidei at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015.