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Advanced Legal Writing: Gender & the Law (LAW-929G-001)
Ann Shalleck

Meets: 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM (T) - Yuma - Room Y401

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Do you wish you had more time either to write a fantastic article or revise an existing one for publication? Are you passionate about women's rights or LGBTI rights? Do you think about how relationships among gender justice, racial justice, and economic justice operate within the law? Do you need a writing sample that demonstrates both your writing skills and highlights your interest in gender and law to potential employers? Do you think that writing would be a productive activity during this pandemic when it is hard to do things out in the world? The course is for students who want to write a publishable-quality paper on a topic related to gender and law. Perfect for fulfilling your ULWR or LLM Paper requirement! Students work through the process of selecting and researching a topic, developing a thesis, creating an annotated bibliography, drafting the paper, and, finally, revising. Students will engage in in-class exercises and weekly assignments to help them select an interesting and timely topic, develop a strong thesis, structure compelling arguments, write clear and lively prose, and get published. Students will receive extensive feedback from classmates and the instructor, as well as comment on other students' work. Note that this upper level writing workshop is NOT an introduction to gender and law. The majority of course readings address the writing process, not feminist or queer jurisprudence per se.

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.

Fajan and Falk, SCHOLARLY WRITING FOR LAW STUDENTS (4th Edition, 2011). This edition is no longer in print. A packet with the required pages from the text will be available once copyright requirements are completed. The book is also on reserve at Pence Library and other methods to get access to chapters will be provided.

First Class Readings

The assignment for the first class involves a reading and a brief writing assignment to bring with you to class. The material is also on Canvas. Elizabeth Fajans and Mary Falk, SCHOLARLY WRITING FOR LAW STUDENTS, pp. 14-22 (Choosing a Subject) (available on Canvas for this week) ASSIGNMENT (due in class – not before): Jot down three broad areas of law you might want to explore for a paper topic (e.g., reproductive justice, caregiving and Covid, women in the legal profession, or gender and intellectual property) and bring to class. Be as broad or specific as you wish. These can be topics you’ve studied in law school, items from the news, areas from externships or jobs you have had; or some aspect of your own personal experience. Don’t worry if your ideas are vague or undeveloped or if you don’t know how whether what you’re interested in intersects with gender or is a legal issue. Developing your ideas is the point of the class.