This course introduces students to approaches to writing letters, court documents, agreements and legal memorandums. Students define the purpose of a document and understand the audience for whom it is created and explore, in detail, other characteristics of good legal writing. In the process the student becomes aware of the common problems plaguing business, technical and professional writing in general, and legal writing in particular.
Students enrolled in this course receive text and/or other related resource materials. There is a final exam to evaluate student progress for this course. Participants who receive 70% or higher overall will receive a certificate.
Module 1: Introduction to Legal Writing Principles; Purpose, Audience and Occasion; Characteristics of Good Legal Writing; Letter Writing
Module 2: Pleadings and Motions Documents; Drafting Principles for Pleadings
Module 3: Drafting Principles for Legal Instruments; Legal Drafting