Intensive Legal Research and Writing



SLN #: 42780
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 002
Credit Hours: 5
Instructor(s): Chesler

Course Description:
This class will meet Monday through Friday from July 5 through August 1. On three days, "class" consists of a group meeting between the students and the professor. On all other days, "class" consists of each student meeting individually with the professor for a half-hour conference. Conferences take place at the same time every day.

This five-credit course is designed to provide intensive training in legal research and writing. Students are expected to have a solid foundation in basic legal research and writing, and this course should further those skills. By the end of the course, students will be expected to have a working knowledge of the major library sources: reporters, digests, annotated statutes, legislative history, citators, and secondary authorities. Students will also be expected to master two basic writing formats: the office memo and the client letter. Significant time will also be spent writing motions, and students will be exposed to additional formats as well. Students will be required to rewrite all assignments, and will complete a total of approximately thirty assignments during the course. Students will receive extensive feedback in writing and during individual conferences, and all projects, including both original assignments and rewrites, will be graded. For this summer course, students are expected to spend an average of eight to ten hours per day on class assignments.

***NOTE: Once enrolled, students are not permitted to withdraw from the course without permission from the instructor. Withdrawal without approval will result in a failing grade for the course.

Class is limited to ASU JD degree candidates. Students are prohibited from working or taking any other courses during the session they are enrolled in this Intensive Legal Research and Writing course.

A lottery will be conducted. Lottery forms will be can be found at: http://www.law.asu.edu/currentstudents/CurrentStudents/StudentServices/Forms.aspx or picked up in the Student Services Office.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 5
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Prerequisite: Legal Method and Writing & Legal Advocacy
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes, once enrolled for the course students may only withdraw with instructor approval
Limited Enrollment Number: 6
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
Online Course Site: None