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Sarah Farley Kaltsounis
LAW A 506
Seattle Campus

Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing

Class description

Legal analysis, research, and writing (LARW) skill development

Student learning goals

To understand the United States legal system and lawyers' principal roles in that system.

To read, understand and use cases to construct legal arguments.

To read, understand and use statutes and other enacted rules to solve legal problems or construct legal arguments.

To predict the probable judicial resolution of simulated legal disputes.

To conduct basic legal research.

To write a memorandum predicting the probable judicial resolution of a simulated legal dispute in a form that conforms to basic professional conventions regarding analytic support, organization and style; AND to recognize excellent writing in and about law, and to learn techniques for improving one’s own writing.

General method of instruction

This course is taught using lecture, discussion, and small- and large-group practical exercises.

Recommended preparation

Required Texts:

BLUEBOOK -- Harvard Law Review Ass'n, THE BLUEBOOK: A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF CITATION (19th ed., Harvard Law Review 2010)

REDBOOK -- Bryan A. Garner, THE REDBOOK

CASE FILE -- Available on the course website.

COURSE READINGS -- Available on the course website.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Course Website on TWEN (Westlaw)
Last Update by Sarah Farley Kaltsounis
Date: 03/21/2011