Curriculum

Legal Writing and Research for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

Credits: 3.00
Faculty: Carrie Teitcher, Kathleen Darvil, Kenneth Raphael

This course provides foreign lawyers with practical experience in writing and researching legal issues. Whether or not English is your native language, you will need to become fluent in the discourse of U.S. legal practice. For those who are not native speakers of English, legal writing instructors are assisted by linguists trained in English as a Second Language, allowing for comprehensive individualized feedback. Students will have numerous opportunities to hone their drafting 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, and presentation. Faculty members offer instruction in objective legal analysis as well as computer-assisted and traditional legal research. This course is required for all LL.M. students.