Legal Writing – PLST 202

CG • Section • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will introduce students to proper legal writing methods. The goal of legal writing is communication with the reader. During this course, students will learn legal writing techniques that will enable them to communicate effectively.

Prerequisite

PLST 201

Rationale

In this course the student will continue developing his/her legal research and writing skills. This course builds upon the legal research skills developed in PLST 201 by introducing the student to proper legal writing methods. The goal of legal writing is effective communication with the reader. During this course, the student will learn legal writing techniques that will enable he/she to communicate effectively.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze case, statute, and constitutional provisions.
  2. Draft a memorandum of law explaining research results.
  3. Draft a letter to clients.
  4. Demonstrate legal writing skills.
  5. Demonstrate proper legal citation style.
  6. 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 (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 3 scholarly, academic sources. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words and include at least 2 scholarly, academic sources.

Quiz (5)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Bluebook Exercise

The student will complete an exercise covering the Bluebook. The exercise will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice, true/false, matching, or fill-in the blank questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Client Letter

The student will draft a 1-page professional letter to a client explaining the decision of the law firm.