Writing for Law Practice

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Elizabeth Fajans

This course aims to send students out into practice as able and confident crafters of legal documents by teaching (1) the nuts and bolts construction of common practice documents and (2) sophisticated writing skills that either cut across documents or are unique to particular documents. We will trace the documents that arise from a legal dispute letters, complaints, answers, affidavits, motions, judicial opinions as well as familiarize ourselves with the high-stakes prose of rule-making regulations and contracts. The course will involve in-class editing and writing exercises, and two or three moderate-length out-of-class assignments, at least one of which will be rewritten.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Students graded on writing assignments. The course satisfies the Upperclass Writing Requirement.