Writing and Research in the US Legal System
In this seminar, international LLM students learn research and writing skills essential to the practice of US law. Students learn how to use these skills to win arguments, persuade clients and sharpen their own thinking. We discuss and practice the major principles of legal writing in plain English – no jargon, no legalese. The class functions largely as a workshop where we apply multiple research techniques and analyze the impact of various writing styles.
Students meet individually with the instructor throughout the seminar.
Regular class attendance is mandatory.
Students will meet with the instructor regularly outside of class to discuss writing and research techniques. Students will generate multiple drafts for each writing assignment.
Students must complete all assignments before the take-home examination, which determines the student’s grade.
This course is open only to LLM students and satisfies the legal research and writing prerequisite for the New York Bar exam.