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Spring 2017
LAW715  A  JUDICIAL WRITING

Course Description
This course will provide students with an understanding of the writing formats and styles unique to the judiciary. This course will especially appeal to any student who seeks a judicial clerkship. This course will expose students to the difference between advocacy and judicial writing, as well as, between a trial judge and an appellate judge writing. Students will be introduced to the trial/appellate process as it relates to the judiciary and which documents are produced from the judiciary at each stage of the process. Through a series of writing assignments—the bench memo, order, and majority opinions—students will learn the techniques of judicial writing and the different writing styles that are employed by the diverse judiciary across the nation. Additionally, students will learn to achieve clarity of expression in a style that is simple and understandable to those who read judicial documents.

A 2-credit version of the class will be offered that satisfies Miami Law's graduation writing requirement. The 2-credit version of the class will hold the same class meeting schedule and the same in-class writing assignments. However, the final writing assignment will consist of a 20-30 page majority opinion.


Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.


Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 02-13-2017 - 02-18-2017  

Dates Day Time Room
02-13-2017 - 02-16-2017   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F109
02-17-2017 - 02-17-2017   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F109
02-18-2017 - 02-18-2017   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F109

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Method of Evaluation: Students will have several small writing projects throughout the week and a final writing project which will consist of drafting a majority opinion.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Special Restrictions: A 2-credit version of the class will be offered that satisfies Miami Law's graduation writing requirement. The 2-credit version of the class will hold the same class meeting schedule and the same in-class writing assignments. However, the final writing assignment will consist of a 20-30 page majority opinion.
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information

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