Graduate Legal Research and Writing II

Section 2, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 20/25
Credits: 1

Course Description

What makes a work of legal writing compelling? Trustworthy? And how can you leverage your education and experience as an attorney to produce compelling legal writing within the U.S. legal tradition? We’ll tackle these questions together through a series of real-world, practice-based activities and assignments that will give you the skills you need to communicate effectively with U.S. attorneys. Building on the research and writing skills you developed in the fall, you’ll have many chances this spring to practice writing both formal and informal memoranda, legal correspondence, and client contract and policy documents. Working in small teams, you’ll strengthen your oral communication skills through simulated law office conferences. Finally, with preparation for the New York bar exam in mind, you’ll practice writing under time pressure.

Course Requirements

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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write two legal memoranda (5-6 double-spaced pages) on statutory and common law issues; edit 1-2 contract/policy documents; and write a number of short (less than 1-page) drafts for which they’ll receive a completion-based grade.

Other Work
During class, students will be given time to work in small legal teams to focus on research and writing projects undertaken on behalf of a fictitious nonprofit client.

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: Yes
Course Notes: This course is required for any LL.M student planning to seek NY Bar eligibility via Section 520.6 of the Rules of the NY Board of Law Examiners.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
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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