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Elizabeth Duquette : Courses and Seminars

Writing and Research in the US Legal System
LAWS 79903
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 must complete all assignments before the take-home examination, which determines the student’s grade. This seminar is open only to LLM students and satisfies the legal research and writing prerequisite for the New York Bar exam.
Autumn 2014
Elizabeth Duquette, Margaret Schilt
Writing and Research in the US Legal System
LAWS 79903
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 must complete all assignments before the take-home examination, which determines the student’s grade. This seminar is open only to LLM students and satisfies the legal research and writing prerequisite for the New York Bar exam.
Winter 2015
Elizabeth Duquette, Margaret Schilt
Hinton Moot Court Competition
LAWS 99911
The Hinton Moot Court Competition is open to all second- and third-year students (except those third-year students who made it to the semi-finals during the previous year). The competition provides students the opportunity to develop skills in writing and appellate advocacy. Moot Court participants advance through three rounds. The Fall Round: The focus of the preliminary round is on oral argument—no brief writing is required at this stage. After studying the briefs and record of an actual case and participating in practice arguments with student judges, each competitor must argue both sides of the case to panels of local alumni attorneys. Approximately 12-14 students advance to the semi-final (Winter) round. The Winter Round: The students who have advanced to the semi-final round must brief and argue a new case during the Winter quarter. A panel of faculty members judges the semi-final arguments and selects the four best advocates on the basis of their written and oral advocacy skills. Semifinalists are recognized as winners of the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. The Spring Round: The four finalists work in teams of two on another new case during the Spring quarter. A panel of distinguished judges, usually federal appellate judges, presides at the final argument before the Law School community. The winning team is awarded the Hinton Cup; the runners-up are awarded the Llewellyn Cup. Students participating in the semifinal round may be eligible for three pass/fail credits and may satisfy the WP graduation requirement. Please see the Student Handbook for additional details.
Winter 2015
Daniel Abebe, Elizabeth Duquette, Richard H. McAdams
Advanced Legal Writing
LAWS 79901
This course 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. Regular attendance is essential. Through exercises and group critiques, students will learn to write more succinctly and effectively. Better writers make better lawyers. The course concludes with an eight-hour take-home examination, which determines the student's grade. Students must complete all assignments before the exam. This course satisfies the requirements of the Writing Project writing requirement. Legal Research and Writing is a pre-requisite. NB: The first meeting of this class will be 6:10-8:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. All other meetings will be on Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. The class will not meet Tuesday, March 31.
Spring 2015
Elizabeth Duquette