Graduate Legal Research and Writing II

Section 1, Spring 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 27/44
Credits: 1

Course Description

The course covers fundamentals of U.S. legal research materials and methods, and focuses on various forms of descriptive legal writing. This yearlong offering is graded and carries two academic credits, one credit per semester. The fall semester explores sources of U.S. law through research exercises and short writing assignments, including Bluebook citation. The spring semester addresses descriptive (predictive) legal reasoning and writing, with a brief introduction to prescriptive (academic) legal writing.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A 3000-4500 word legal brief and a 3000-4500 word research memorandum on a relevant topic in comparative law (submitted directly to professor, not via EXPO).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: LLM or SJD-Provisional Year status required (not available for JD students) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: The required skills course for LL.M. candidates unfamiliar with the U.S. common law system, this course offers guidance for class preparation, research, and writing - intellectual skills necessary for regular class work, meeting the upper-level writing requirement, and future professional endeavors.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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