Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers

Class Unique: 29230
This course will introduce foreign lawyers to the case-law method, the basic tools for conducting legal research, and the basic conventions and expectations for creating professional legal work product. Research and writing assignments will build on each other, culminating in a full-length, formal analytical memorandum that could potentially serve as a professional writing sample. The course will assist non-native English speakers with the critical-thinking and writing skills that are foundational to American academic endeavors as well as law practice. Graded pass/fail. Restricted to LLM students who do not have a JD degree. Enrollment is optional, not required.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Friday 2:00 - 4:00 pm TNH 2.138

Examination information not available

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory


  • Basic Legal Research (hardcopy or e-book) - Amy E. Sloan
      Aspen Publishers , edition: 5th(2012)
      ISBN: 1454808470   (required)
  • A Lawyer Writes - Christine Coughlin, et al.
      Carolina Academic Press , edition: 2nd(2013)
      ISBN: 1611633974   (required)
  • The Bluebook
      Harvard Law Review Assn. , edition: 19th (2010)
      ISBN: 0615361161   (required)
  • The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style - Bryan A. Garner
      West Academic Publishing , edition: 3rd (2013)
      ISBN: 0314289011   (required)
  • The Greenbook: Texas Rules of Form
      Texas Law Review , edition: 12th (2010)
      ISBN: 1878674080   (optional)