University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2014

Course Description
This course will introduce students to one of the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities for young lawyers. Judicial clerks have unparalleled access to a judge’s chambers and courtroom and gain an insider’s view of the judicial process. They have the opportunity to impact a judge’s decision-making and to develop relationships and writing skills that will advance their legal careers.

This course will introduce students to the various types of advanced legal writing they will encounter in judicial clerkships. Students will practice the work of judicial clerks as they draft a bench brief in a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, students will study a case progressing through Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal and draft a short opinion to become familiar with the complex view from the bench. Students will further hone their writing skills by working on various in-class writing and editing assignments and by reviewing real-world examples from prominent legal writers, judges, and authors.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-15-2014 - 04-23-2014   T  9:00 AM-10:50 AM G363

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: For the course, students will draft a 5-page opinion and a 20-30 page bench brief.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
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