English 392: Legal Writing
English 392 satisfies the Professional Writing requirement for undergraduates. This course is appropriate for students who wish to pursue careers in law and public policy. It teaches students how to accommodate the many different audiences they will write for throughout their careers.
Students learn to read and write about cases and/or statutes, to apply legal principles to fact scenarios, and to organize and present a written analysis that meets the needs of a specialized reader. The course also teaches students how to edit their own work as well as that of their peers.
Assignments parallel the writing demands that students will face both in law school and in the workplace. Assignments may include law-school application essays, case briefs, legal memos, and client letters, as well as other genres that use forms of reasoning typical of the legal professions.
English 101 or equivalent and a minimum of 60 credits.
How students are assessed:
Students complete five to six major writing assignments encompassing approximately 6500 words, in addition to in-class exercises, readings, peer review workshops, group work, and oral presentations. Each major assignment is evaluated according to a set of criteria provided to students with the assignments sheets. Students are responsible for the information provided on the course syllabus, as well as on ELMS or other class websites, and for any material provided in a course packet or on handouts distributed in class. Readings may come from an assigned textbook and from other relevant, timely sources. Students are responsible for the readings, which form the basis of class discussion; students may also be required to write responses to reading assignments.