Amy P. Wilson
Expository writing based on material presented in a specified social science lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytic prose. Concurrent registration in specified course required.
This course will use legal writing as a way for students to improve their skills as critical readers and thinkers, and to strengthen their ability to make forceful, persuasive arguments, well-supported by evidence and case law. Students will learn legal research techniques and will be given the chance to work on their writing through drafting of legal documents (legal memos, motions, complaints and briefs).
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This course is a combination of lecture, individual student conferences and peer interaction. Time is divided between classroom work, library activities and conferencing. Class participation is essential!
No previous legal research or writing is necessary.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will involve four substantial assignments, and numerous shorter assignments.
Grades are assigned based on quality of writing, effort and participation.