Spring 2012 Course Schedule

Academic Legal Writing (LAW-795-029)

Meets: 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM (W) - Room 313

Enrolled: 6 / Limit: 10

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LLM.INLS only. This one-credit course targets Master of Laws (LL.M.) students working in fields involving legal writing, policymaking, or producing journal-style legal publications.


This is an advanced writing course specifically designed for multilingual students and those coming from other academic cultures. As per the upper level writing requirement, the course ensures that international students and visiting legal scholars demonstrate competency in legal research and writing by composing a product that evidences qualities of U.S. legal scholarship, writing ability, and craftsmanship. Ongoing teacher-student interaction takes place in the selection of topic and research plan, formation of the outline, review of the rough draft, and critique of the final draft before submission to a law professor or advisor for summative assessment in a law school course.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (3rd ed.) by L. Oates & A. Enquist, New York: Aspen Publishers, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-7355-7668-1 Also, The Lawyer’s Editing Manual by Joan Ames Magat, Carolina Academic Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-59460-538-3

First Class Readings

Read Chapter 10, Just Writing text. Be prepared to discuss rhetorical preferences familiar to you.


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