Fall 2016 Course Schedule

AdvLglWrtng: Intellectl Prop (LAW-795PW-001)

Meets: 04:00 PM - 05:50 PM (Th) - Room C217

Enrolled: 15 / Limit: 19

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Syllabus at IP Writing Syllabus 2016 http://tinyurl.com/IPWritSyll


This class provides a structured workshop setting in which students can complete a law journal comment or other independent writing project. The course can also be used to complete the research and literature review for the first stage of a full year writing project completed in the Spring. Writing may be on any topic related to intellectual property or information law, including communications, media, entertainment, technology and related fields. The course may be taken in conjunction with another seminar with a paper requirement with permission of both instructors and a longer paper proposal adequate to fulfill both requirements. The goal of this course is to promote the production of a writing sample of publishable quality that demonstrates your writing skills and highlights your professional interests. The course will specifically focus on the craft of academic legal writing. The course will teach, practice and evaluate student ability to • Express a strong thesis • Develop arguments in a clear and complete manner, • Support arguments with robust research • Situate the research in a larger field of scholarly or practice discourse. EVALUATION 60% Final paper 15% participation 25% annotated bibliography of 25 unique sources Final papers will be evaluated on meeting all the above elements of strong academic writing. Evaluation of participation will include including the energy with which the student engages others in constructive feedback through the various exercises of the course.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

Readings provided on syllabus or through MYWCL. You may wish to purchase a copy of Volokh, ACADEMIC LEGAL WRITING: LAW REVIEW ARTICLES, STUDENT NOTES, SEMINAR PAPERS AND GETTING ON LAW REVIEW (4rd Ed.) (2011). On online version will be provided with course materials.

First Class Readings

Assignment: Download the Article Template from MyWCL, personalize and save it. Read its instructions. After doing all the reading below -- enter the provisional title of your paper (and anything else you can fill out at this point). You can change your title and topic of your paper until WEEK 5. Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers And Getting On Law Review (4rd Ed.) (2011) http://disciplinas.stoa.usp.br/pluginfile.php/135669/mod_resource/content/1/Academic.pdf Ch. I. Finding What to Write About Ch. XX. Turning Practical Work into Articles Richard Delgado, How to Write a Law Review Article, 445-451 http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1577346, Clark and Murray, Scholarly Writing,Introduction to Scholarly Writing (2012) http://scholarship.law.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1074&context=faculty_publications Note: When thinking about your topic, strive to select one that deals in a subject that you might be expected to know about or work on in a dream job. Then your research will assist your career networking and preparation.