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Elizabeth S. Duquette : Courses and Seminars

Moot Court Boot Camp
LAWS 95030
(SKLL, BID, SIM)Moot Court Boot Camp has two components: oral advocacy and writing. The oral advocacy component will cover the basics of appellate oral argument. Students will receive two different cases and prepare and submit argument outlines in advance. During the workshop, students will gain hands-on experience by conducting multiple oral arguments before a variety of alumni and other practicing attorneys, judges, and faculty, who will provide feedback. The writing component will cover the basics of appellate brief writing. Students will prepare a short, written assignment that we will discuss and revise during class. We will focus on strong issue statements, effective headings, and powerful conclusions. We'll also explore sentence structure and word choice. Students will learn to define themes in their writing and carry them into the oral argument. Focused writing, we will learn, promotes successful oral advocacy, and vice versa. This class, which will meet for the weekend of October 29-30, is an optional supplement to the Hinton Moot Court Competition. One credit will be granted for the weekend course and an additional credit will be granted upon completion of two judged arguments as part of the Hinton Moot Court Competition. There are no prerequisites, but good faith participation in the Hinton Moot Court Competition is required. Students may receive credit for this class only once during their Law School career. The Moot Court Boot Camp is open to J.D. students only and is graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2016
Elizabeth S. Duquette
Writing and Research in the U.S. Legal System
LAWS 53266
(BID, SEM, LEC)In this seminar, international LLM students learn research and writing skills essential to the practice of U.S. 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 course. Regular class attendance is mandatory. Students must complete all assignments before the take-home examination, which determines the student’s grade. This class is open only to LLM students and satisfies the legal research and writing prerequisite for the New York Bar exam.
Autumn 2016
Elizabeth S. Duquette, Margaret A. Schilt
Advanced Legal Writing
LAWS 43251
(++, WP, SKLL, BID, LEC, SEM)This seminar will prepare law students for the working world by honing writing skills for briefs, memoranda, motions and contracts. We will discuss and practice the major principles of legal writing in plain English -- no jargon, no legalese, no anachronistic fluff. In addition to fine-tuning basic and more advanced writing skills, students will learn how to use their writing to win arguments, persuade clients and sharpen their own thinking. The class will function largely as a workshop where we analyze the impact of various writing styles.Through exercises and group critiques, students will learn to write more succinctly and effectively. Better writers make better lawyers.Regular attendance is essential.
Spring 2017
Elizabeth S. Duquette
Writing and Research in the U.S. Legal System
LAWS 53266
(BID, SEM, LEC)In this seminar, international LLM students learn research and writing skills essential to the practice of U.S. 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 course. Regular class attendance is mandatory. Students must complete all assignments before the take-home examination, which determines the student’s grade. This class is open only to LLM students and satisfies the legal research and writing prerequisite for the New York Bar exam.
Winter 2017
Elizabeth S. Duquette, Margaret A. Schilt