Creative Writing for Lawyers



SLN #: 72575
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 012
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Stuart

Course Description:
NOTE: This is a compressed class that will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm - 4:55pm on the following days: August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 18.

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
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 12
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: None