Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers

Class Unique: 28675
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 LL.M. students who do not have a JD degree.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Friday 2:00 - 3:50 pm TNH 2.137
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory


  • U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers book jacket U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers - John B. Thornton
      Carolina Academic Press , edition: 2014
      ISBN: 978-0-76985-656-8   (required)
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation - Columbia Law Review, et al.
      Claitors Pub Div , edition: 20th
      ISBN: 978-0692400197   (required)
  • The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style - Bryan A. Garner
      West Academic Publishing , edition: 3rd (2013)
      ISBN: 0314289011   (optional)
  • Basic Legal Research (hardcopy or e-book) - Amy E. Sloan
      Aspen Publishers , edition: 5th(2012)
      ISBN: 1454808470   (optional)
  • The Greenbook: Texas Rules of Form
      Texas Law Review , edition: 12th (2010)
      ISBN: 1878674080   (optional)