Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers

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 2.124
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory


  • Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students - Nadia E. Nedzel
      Wolters Kluwer , edition: 3rd
      ISBN: 978-1454805502   (optional)
  • Basic Legal Research: Tools & Strategies - Amy E. Sloan
      Wolters Kluwer , edition: 4th
      ISBN: 978-0735576728   (required)
  • A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis - Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud, Sandy Patrick
        ISBN: 978-1594603600   (required)
  • The Bluebook
      edition: 19th
  • The Texas Law Review manual on Usage & Style


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