Legal Writing and Analysis – JURI 515

CG • Section 8WK • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 05/19/2022

Course Description

This course will further develop student research methods, research strategies, and statistical analysis skills necessary to both produce and critically analyze research reports and data compilations used in forming legal analysis. Students will further develop and apply professional writing skills in the research paper drafting process and fully incorporate techniques as outlined in this course and the Introduction to Legal Research course.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Legal professionals must communicate in various methods, but one of the most important is through the written word. Thus, legal writing and analysis skills are perhaps the most important skills that a legal professional can possess. The student will examine two of the main types of roles in which lawyers engage: predictive and persuasive writing. Once the student understands these two types of writing roles he or she will then draft documents that demonstrate his or her understanding of these two types of writing roles.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze case law in order to­ draft case briefs.
  2. Analyze facts and case law in order to draft an office memo.
  3. Analyze case law, statute, and constitutional provisions in order to draft a brief in support of a client.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of legal writing skills and proper legal citation style.
  5. Analyze all of the preceding in light of a distinctively evangelical Christian worldview.
  6. Demonstrate skills necessary to draft a professional letter

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a 400–600-word thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. The student must support his or her assertions with at least 1 scholarly source in current Bluebook format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to create a 150–250-word reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be supported with at least 1 scholarly source in current Bluebook format.

Case Briefs Assignment

The student will draft four 1–2-page synopses of four assigned cases. The student will briefly explain the facts, issues, holding, and rationale of each case assigned.

Predictive Office Memo Assignment

The student will draft a 2–3-page Predictive Office Memo based on the four cases assigned for the Case Briefs and a factual scenario.

Brief: Rough Draft Assignment

The student will create a rough draft of a 3–5-page persuasive brief based on the four assigned cases and using no outside resources.

Brief: Final Draft Assignment

The student will finalize the 3–5-page rough draft of the persuasive brief based on the four assigned cases and using no outside resources.. Note: LL.M students must add an additional 2,500 words of writing in their final paper. This is a Pass/Fail component of this assignment. This is not required of the JM students.

Professional Letter Assignment

The student will draft a 1–2-page Professional Letter to his or her “client” explaining the decision of the court.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Modules: Weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.