Advanced Legal Writing: Intellectual Property (LAW-795PW-001)
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 interest in intellectual property law. This course may be used to meet JD or LLM writing requirements, and is open to SJD students (but not in place of the required SJD writing seminar). This course is designed to meet the law school writing requirement, and also to guide students through the writing of a law review comment. For students working on a comment, it is advised to select a submission date at the latest possible date in the fall or (preferably) in the Spring. 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 and in a structure of an academic legal article • Support arguments with robust research • Situate the research in a larger field of scholarship. EVALUATION 70% Final paper 30% participation and in-class assignments 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
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1. 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
First Class Readings
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