Creative Writing for Lawyers

SLN #: 14653
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 012
Credit Hours: 1
Instructor(s): Feeney

Course Description:
This is a compressed class that will meet on Wednesdays for eight classes beginning January 27. The class will meet on the following dates: January 27, February 3, February 24, March 3, March 10, March 24, April 7, and April 28.

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: 1
Grading Option: Pass/Fail Only
Written Assignment: Yes, see course description
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 15
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.