Course - Law

Successful completion of fall semester of Legal Process, Analysis, and Writing.

Recommended Courses:  

Legal Process, Analysis, and Writing is the year-long required first-year legal-writing course.  In the spring semester, students will (1) integrate the synthesis, analysis, and writing skills gained in the fall semester of the course with the tools they have learned in their research class, and (2) apply these skills and tools to persuade an audience – whether it be opposing counsel, a judge, a mediator, an arbitrator, or another legal reader – of the strength and correctness of the legal position they advocate.  Students will do this, in part, by researching, drafting, and revising a memorandum of points and authorities in support of a trial-level motion.  In their work on that motion, students will be exposed to a variety of types of legal documents that they may encounter in practice.  This semester of the course will also expose stduents to other useful lawyering skills, including client interviewing, evaluation of pleadings and other legal documents, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and contract drafting.

Finally, this semester will include more focused instruction in formal oral argument.  Students prepare, practice, and deliver a ten- to fifteen-minute oral argument on the trial-level motion.


All Required 

1. Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing, Richard K. Neumann, Jr. & Kristen Konrad Tiscione, Aspen Publishers, Seventh edition, ISBN: 978-1-4548-2697-2

2. The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, Bryan A. Garner, Thomson/West, Second or latest edition, ISBN: 978-0-314-16891-7

3. ALWD Citation Manual, Association of Legal Writing Directors, Darby Dickerson, Aspen Publishers, Fourth or latest edition, ISBN: 978-0-7355-8930-8

4. Interactive Citation Workbook for ALWD Citation Manual, Tracy L. McGaugh, Christine Hurt, Matthew Bender Company, 2013 edition, ISBN: 978-1-4224-8027-4

5.  Just Briefs, Laurel Currie Oates, Anne Enquist, Connie Krontz, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Third Edition, ISBN 978-1-4548-0554-0

Course Format  
Written Assignments  
Type of Exam

Take-home exam

Basis for grading

Students receive a letter grade in the course.  That grade is based on the following scores:


Open-research motion                                  45% of grade

Oral argument on the motion                        5% of grade

Final exam                                                     40% of grade

Professionalism                                             10% of grade


The final exam is graded anonymously.  All other assignments will bear the student's name.

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