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Advanced Legal Writing Strategies and Skills

This class is designed to strengthen each student’s persuasive legal writing and advocacy skills. Using a practice-based approach, the centerpiece of the class will be an appeal pending (or recently decided) in federal or state court. Students will work directly from an actual appellate record and learn to write clear and compelling factual statements and legal arguments through a process that includes outlining, drafting, editing, and rewriting. Additionally, as part of the writing process, students will explore how the underlying policy issues in the selected case may impact the judicial outcome and shape their writing and advocacy choices.  3 credits.