CourseJudicial Opinion Writing - Law 651B
Instructor Lorraine Gin   View Faculty Page
Units 3 - Graded

Advanced Legal Writing and Introduction to Appellate Advocacy

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In this course, students will learn about the process and ethics of judicial decision writing.  Students will analyze and critique appellate decisions and practice adjudicative writing.  Working in three-person "appellate panels," and utilizing real appellate briefs, students will collaborate to analyze a variety of legal issues, decide cases, and craft majority, dissenting, and concurring opinions.


Primary text:  Ruggero J. Aldisert, Opinion Writing (2d ed., AuthorHouse 2009); additional reading material posted on Forums or D2L.

Course Format

Seminar format; extensive student participation

Written Assignments

This is a writing-intensive course.  Students will write a series of judicial decisions on progressively more complicated legal issues.  Students will also be required to produce written critiques of student and professional work and will edit and cite-check decisions written by their peers.

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Basis for grading

Written assignments 80%; oral assignments and class participation 20%

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