Legal Research and Writing II - Capstone – JURI 695

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The legal thesis developed in the Capstone Legal Research and Writing I course is further developed. Continued development and refinement of the topic, legal research, and drafts are completed. Final submission of thesis for faculty’s evaluations.

Prerequisite

JURI 690

Rationale

This course builds upon the legal scholarship introduced in JURI 690. In this course, the student will further develop his or her legal scholarship. The student will provide multiple drafts of the article previously submitted in JURI 690 and will receive substantive feedback for the refinement of the article. The substantive feedback will be provided by a faculty member and will be incorporated into a finished product. At the end of the course, the student will submit the article for faculty evaluation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Revise drafts of the article created in JURI 690.
  2. Assess the effectiveness of arguments made in the article.
  3. Evaluate grammar, punctuation, and style of writing.
  4. Defend an argument through the use of cite-checking.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the Bluebook citation method.
  6. Compose a final draft of the article.
  7. Analyze all of the preceding in light of a distinctly evangelical Christian worldview.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, cite at least 1 scholarly source, and integrate biblical principles. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words and cite at least 1 scholarly source. Acceptable sources include the course textbook, the Bible, and scholarly articles. All sources must be cited in current Bluebook format.

Grammar and Punctuation Assignments (5)

These assignments will be taken from the course textbook. The purpose of these assignments is to practice basic citation, grammar, and punctuation skills.

Law Review Article

The student will continue to revise and edit the article he or she drafted in JURI 690. The Second Draft will incorporate feedback that the student received following the submission of the First Draft in JURI 690. The Third Draft will incorporate feedback from the Second Draft. The student will submit a Final Draft of his or her article at the end of the course.

Note: LL.M students must add an additional 2,500 words of writing in their article. This is a Pass/Fail component of this assignment. This is not required of JM students.