The Legal Writing Launch Course
Students will learn to perform legal writing, in a practical manner, gaining a strong foundation in basic grammar, and expository and legal writing. To achieve this practical and professional writing, students will complete readings, watch personalized educational videos, and perform written assignments (with the instructor’s feedback).
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write.
Let them think you were born that way.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
Students will learn to draft legal documents, so that the reader can find the document easily accessible. To this end, students will use Power-Packed Paragraphs™, and, specifically, in legal writing, students will employ the analytical structure of Conclusion, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion (CRAC). CRAC is based upon Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion (IRAC), an analytical structure that law professors teach in law schools.
The intended audience is undergraduates (taking pre-law courses), incoming law students, and, law students ready to work in their first job or internship (whether it be in summer, during the school year, or awaiting bar results). The Course will also benefit students who have failed their State Bar Exam. Provisional licensees—lawyers conditionally admitted to their State Bar to practice under a licensed attorney prior to taking their State’s Bar exam–will gain value, as well. Practicing paralegals should also take the Course to enhance their writing skills in order to obtain a raise, promotion, or better and more challenging work assignments. Lawyers wishing to make their writing more efficient and effective could learn from the Course. Governmental, non-profit, and private employers should offer the Course as training for lawyers, paralegals, law clerks, and other professionals. Professionals in the areas of Human Resources, Regulatory Compliance, and Risk Management could learn much from the Course, too.
By the completion of the Course, students should be able to draft, in a professional and practical manner, the following documents: legal memoranda, legal correspondence (demand, opinion, and informational letters), briefs to be filed in court (memoranda of points and authorities, trial briefs, and appellate briefs), and other legal documents (like complaints and settlement agreements). In drafting these documents, students will write in a thorough and concise manner, using proper grammar, and strong sentence and paragraph structure. (Of course, this Course is not a substitute for law school or a paralegal program. Nor, does this Course encourage in any way the unauthorized practice of law. And, this is not a Bar review course or a Bar tutorial. The Course is intended to enhance the learning in these other schools, programs, and tutorials.)
There is the Course and two Add-Ons. Students can purchase the Add-Ons, once they are registered.
The Course ($199)
The Course itself consists of short videos, concise lecture notes, and select readings. Students will spot and develop issues, use IRAC/CRAC in strong paragraphs writing in plain English, and develop their grammatical skills.
Assignment Editing ($299 Add-On)
Students will draft assignments weekly that an experienced legal writing editor will promptly edit and return. The editor will focus on: content/issue development, legal analysis (IRAC/CRAC), writing mechanics (grammar), legal citations (Blue Book), and writing format/organization (Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion).
Weekly Zoom Mentoring (includes Assignment Editing – $499 Add-On)
Weekly, an experienced legal editor will discuss the student’s progress on written assignments in a Zoom session. The editor will focus on: the feedback stated in Assignment Editing above (content/issue development, IRAC/CRAC issues, etc.); the point of the particular paper (e.g., legal memo); the student’s overall progress; consistent problems the student’s writing throughout the assignments; and, suggestions on how to write even more concisely and effectively.