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Advanced Legal Research & Writing Certificate Course – Online

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View Available Courses About This Course Advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere, will be examined. After successfully completing the tests and assignments for course, students will be able to: Conduct manual legal research Conduct electronic legal research Find, interpret and use various types of legal authorities Demonstrate how to Shepardize legal authorities Write a legal analysis Prepare a Memorandum of Law Brief case opinions Demonstrate various types of legal writing Expectations You will be expected to spend approximately 9 hours per lesson reading and completing writing assignments.

Course Books Required textbooks for this course: Spend the extra time reworking sentences and paragraphs until they shine. Make a spreadsheet with all of the cases, the holding, what the facts were, etc. I agree with the above posters. It may sound obvious, but a lot of students don't strictly follow the expected structure of assignments or bother to make the necessary changes when given feedback. If you have any questions about an assignment, take advantage of office hours to find out exactly what the prof expects of you and your fellow classmates.

However, I finished the bulk of my research early. I also didn't write multiple drafts. Instead I outlined extensively, whereby I had every single paragraph outlined before I began to actually write. Again, this is a personal preference and the approach taken by the previous two posters may work better for you. Based upon writing assignments you were given in college, you probably already know which of the two approaches you are more comfortable with.

I got an A in LRW. My "opposing counsel's" briefs in multiple assignments were packed with comma-filled prose and stretched out policy arguments. This made them easy to attack and generally made the other student look like they did not spend enough time Westlaw'ing the substantive stuff even though many of them did.

Stick to the structure your LRW book espouses, and you will be fine. Also, demand more criticism from your LRW prof. If I emailed the prof about particular aspects of my writing, she gave clear examples of what I could improve even on assignments where I got really high marks. Also, don't miss deadlines, don't screw up formatting guidelines, and don't turn in an assignment with bluebook mistakes or typos- basically don't give away free points.

LRW is maybe the only class where extra work is rewarded gradewise Reading this helped me snag an A: Some of this references back to other parts of the post, so it might be worth the read: I think it's the exact opposite--it's the one class you have most control over your grade. Of course this is what everybody thinks, leading to a groupthink of a pretty gunnerish attitude.

That said, there are certain things you should be doing to ace legal writing: This is by far the most important thing.

If your LWR professor hates what students use "phrase x," never use that phrase. So many people go against their professor's words, it's hard to believe. I already covered this, but it's worth re-emphasizing. Start the assignment a day or two after you get it. Most legal writing classes have two papers due fall semester. My professor's grade sheet broke down into 5 main parts Format, Writing, Organization, Analysis, Citations.

I revised my paper just looking at one of those over and over meaning that I looked just at my organization for an entire revision, just citations on an entire revision, etc. The Bluebook is the worst thing that will ever happen to you in law school. That said, learn it and make your citations as perfect as possible. Review them no less than times.

This lecture will cover basic methods of legal research and analysis including the IRAC method of analysis, the importance of identifying issues, and the proper narrowness or breadth of a given research task. We will walk through the Application exercise on pp.

Class 3 — Enacted Law: This lecture will cover state and federal constitutions and statutes as sources of law. It will also include a brief introduction to citation formats for those sources. Class 4 — Enacted Law: This lecture will address the making of and use of administrative law and court rules as sources of legal authority.

It will also include a brief introduction to citation forms for those sources. This lecture will address the role of court opinions in legal research and how to locate court opinions relevant to a research assignment. It will also include a brief introduction to case citation, so students should bring their Bluebooks to class. This lecture will address effective methods for briefing a case and key components that should be identified in the briefing process.

This lecture will cover the purpose, form, and substance of typical legal writing assignments, including memoranda and motions and briefs, in anticipation of your Advanced Legal Writing course and in order to help give context to your Research Notebook Assignment.

This lecture will be given by a guest lecturer from the Texas Legislative Council and will cover legislative research on legislative intent and history. This lecture will cover secondary legal sources, including legal encyclopedias, treatises, ALR reports, and Digests.

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Ten Tips for Success on Legal Research and Writing Assignments. Sadly, there is no magic secret to doing well on legal writing assignments. Legal writing is a skill that can benefit from effective coaching but, in the end, comes down to practice and repetition. Hopefully, the tips that follow can help you avoid some of the major obstacles. LEGAL RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT 3 – Concord Law School 2 This handout is focused on statutory research and will involve research around one particular issue. Your client recently moved the child to Texas in violation of a child custody order which was entered in California in A new proceeding has been started in Texas.