Advanced Legal Argument (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/10
Credits: 1

Course Description

Law is an argumentative practice. In law school, students are encouraged to argue with each other and with their professors about matters of law and policy. When in practice, lawyers are tasked with making arguments on behalf of their clients and anticipating arguments of opposing counsel. But on what assumptions do such “legal” arguments depend? And how, if at all, do arguments based on case analogies, statutory text, and policy differ from one another? Finally, what makes a legal argument “good” or persuasive? In this j-term course, which qualifies as a professional-skills course, students will read theoretical work on the nature of legal reasoning and argumentation while also using traditional legal sources (e.g., cases, statutes, and policy) to write their own arguments and to analyze and criticize the written work of their classmates.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
Final Exam Notes:


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write two 2-3 pp. memos and one 5-6 pp. memo.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

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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Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
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