Legal Method & Writing



SLN #: 72518
Course Prefix: LAW-519
Course Section: 005
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Langenfeld

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the research and writing cycle followed in the legal community. The first step in this cycle is locating valid legal authorities, according to a research plan. The second step is determining which authorities are most significant and synthesizing the principles those authorities establish (i.e., statutory analysis and critical case reading). The third step is writing a well-organized document that communicates the author’s legal analysis: for this semester, that analysis will be objective or predictive, meaning that it explicitly assesses both sides of an issue and predicts a likely outcome. The final step is polishing the document’s style choices and citation formats to communicate effectively with a legally-trained audience. The course format includes classroom instruction, assigned readings, short research and writing assignments and exercises, and longer writing assignments. Enrollment is restricted to J.D. candidates only.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Prerequisite: None; J.D. candidates only
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Participation Points: Per Statement of Student Policies
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: None