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Legal Communications & Research III (2 cr)
LAW 690

Writing in Criminal Litigation (O'Connor)
The course is designed to have students write the most common types of papers encountered in a simple federal criminal prosecution. Each student will start out as an Assistant United States Attorney investigating a crime that has come to the attention of the U.S. Attorneys Office. The course will develop from an initial agent interview, through the application for a wire intercept and search warrant, and then a charging instrument. The students will be assigned to represent the defendant. Each student will prepare a memorandum in support of a motion to suppress and will also draft proposed jury instructions and a defendants motion for a new trial. Each student will argue a motion against a student representing the other side.

Research and Rhetoric (Risman)
This course is designed for students who experienced difficulty during their first semester of the legal research and writing program. The course will focus on personalized instruction, tailored to the individual needs of each student. The course is designed to ensure that enrollees become proficient in the field of legal analysis and legal writing. The course will reintroduce students to fundamental legal analysis and legal writing skills, closely monitor student progress, and consistently reinforce course subject matter and materials.

Writing in Pretrial Litigation (Greenberg)
The course is designed to have students write the most common types of pleadings, discovery requests and responses and motion papers encountered in a simple federal court civil litigation. At the beginning of the semester, students will be presented with the most basic facts of the case, and will be divided into two-lawyer teams. Each team will represent either the plaintiff or the defendant. During the course of the semester, the teams will develop additional facts through client interviews and discovery. The course will culminate with the preparation of memos in support of and in opposition to summary judgment based on the facts developed in discovery. Each team will argue the motion against the opposing team. The course is intended to expose students to the types of writing and thinking they will have to engage in during a real litigation, as well as exposing them to non-writing litigation skills. Students will also learn how to work as a team with another lawyer and how to relate to opposing counsel.

Writing for Trial and Appellate Judges (Milner)
This course introduces the writing process that judges and law clerks use to complete their work. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable drafting appellate court opinions, drafting trial court orders, and “clerking” written material to ensure accuracy. The course examines the division of labor between judges and law clerks, as well as the perspectives of judges and litigants in resolving disputes. The course is equally designed for students interested in clerking and for those interested in litigating and wanting to know how judges and law clerks make decisions. As an LCR course, it will also perfect skills of analysis, research, and oral and written communication.

Transactional Drafting (August)
The course provides students with an introduction to contract concepts, terminology and drafting. Over the course of the semester, students will revise and/or draft various contracts such as attorney retainer agreements, leases and service contracts. Students also negotiate and draft an agreement for the purchase/sale of a business. In addition, students conduct legal research and draft a predictive memo based on their research.



Taught By:
Elizabeth A. August, Andrew S. Greenberg, Aliza M. Milner, Kathleen M. O'Connor, Richard S. Risman