Carrie Teitcher

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing &
LL.M. Legal Writing Coordinator

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Areas of Expertise

Legal Writing

B.A., Brooklyn College
J.D., Brooklyn Law School

Fundamentals of Law Practice 1: Objective Legal Analysis

In the first semester, students learn objective legal analysis as the foundation of the problem-solving and practical skills so important for graduates in today's rapidly changing legal environment. Classes are small, allowing for extensive written feedback and one-on-one conferences with professors. Classes are typically characterized by frequent experiential simulations and robust peer and self-evaluation, with discussions of professionalism and ethics. Students learn the principles of legal reasoning through four writing assignments, each requiring progressively more complicated factual and legal interpretation. Students also learn the most up-to-date, cost-effective legal research tools and strategies. By the end of the semester, students learn how to professionally and effectively present findings, in writing and orally, as they will as real-world lawyers.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Students graded on written and oral assignments.

Fundamentals of Law Practice 2: Advocacy

In the spring semester, students learn the art of advocacy. Students build on the skills they learned in the fall semester by researching a complex and emerging area of law, developing and organizing persuasive arguments, and drafting a brief to the court. Continuing a pioneering tradition at Brooklyn Law School, international law topics, as well as topics based on U.S. law, are included in the persuasive writing curriculum. Through this experience, students are exposed to the ethical obligations of an attorney representing a client in a litigation context. In two additional highlights of the semester, students present their oral arguments to a panel of three judges and put their persuasive skills to the test in a negotiation exercise.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Students are graded on written and oral assignments.

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.

Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students

Whether or not English is your native language, you will need to become fluent in the discourse of U.S. legal practice. This course provides foreign lawyers with practical experience in writing and researching legal issues. Designed specifically for foreign-trained lawyers, this course is team-taught by an experienced legal writing professor, research librarian, and a linguist trained in English as a Second Language, allowing for comprehensive individualized feedback. Students will have numerous opportunities to hone their legal writing skills. The course focuses on the development of a number of skills required of the lawyer in a common law system: reading case law critically by synthesizing cases and identifying rules, determining key facts, drawing analogies between case law and legal problems, interpreting statutes, organizing information effectively, and producing a written work that meets a supervising attorney's expectations regarding tone, clarity, concision, and professionalism. Faculty members offer instruction in objective legal analysis as well as legal research and citation form. This course is required for all LL.M. students.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Pass/Fail only.