Associate Professor of Legal Writing
Areas of Expertise
Language and the Law
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College
M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University
Fundamentals of Legal Drafting
This course will cover basic principles of drafting that apply to a wide range of documents. The documents include those common to litigation practice, such as complaints and motions, and documents in the practice of preventive law, such as contracts, wills, private legislation (by-laws, covenants), and public legislation. Students will develop skills in analyzing documents critically; in conceptualization (analyzing facts, identifying major issues, classifying provisions, creating sections, defining terms); in logical and systematic arrangement of material (using a topical focus, using appropriate headings and sub-headings, placing material in the appropriate order, using tabulation); and in choosing language which is flexible, yet unambiguous.
Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade only. Students are graded on a series of assignments. Satisfies the Upperclass Writing Requirement.