Creative Writing for Lawyers



SLN #: 74378
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 022
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Feeney

Course Description:
This is a compressed class that will meet on selected Wednesdays for eight weeks beginning September 2nd. Specific dates are: September 2, 9, 23 and 30; October 7 and 28; and November 4 and 25.

The core thesis underlying this course is that legal writing can be greatly improved by using many of the techniques fiction writers use. The notion of story, emotional vibrancy, and profluence are creative additions to otherwise drab legal writing. The first class will be a 90-minute lecture/demonstration on how creative writing can aid and abet legal writing. The remaining seven classes will consist of a 20 minute lecture-discussion session and a 70-minute writing workshop.

Each student will write and post seven writing assignments on the class web site. We will critique one another’s writings every week (both on-line and in class). All students must write. Students afflicted with writer’s block or unreliable Internet connections should not take this course. Reliable email service is essential. The class web site will run on Blackboard. All students should be familiar with the usual process of accessing, reviewing, and posting material to a Blackboard site.



Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Pass/Fail Only
Written Assignment: Yes, see course description
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: Blackboard