University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

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. This 2-credit class will satisfy Miami Law's graduation writing requirement. The final writing assignment will consist of a 20-30 page majority opinion.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-16-2018 - 04-25-2018   T  7:30 PM-9:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Students will have several small writing projects throughout the semester and a final writing project which will consist of drafting a majority opinion.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions: NONE
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Related
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None