Writing for the Court

This course will help prepare students to analyze and write, as law clerks, for courts, other adjudicative bodies, and law firms. Students will use court filings to draft memos, briefs, opinions, orders, and other written products. There will be regular writing assignments and edits of one’s own writing. The assignments will not involve lengthy research projects. The focus will be on improving legal writing, and the instructors will work with students to improve their editing skills as well. There will also be a focus on statutory interpretation and other issues courts regularly encounter. While open to all upperclass students, this course will be of particular value to second-year students who are seeking judicial clerkships and wish to improve their chances with sitting judges. For this reason, they should have an academic history that makes them likely candidates for a clerkship. Students must apply to be accepted into the class by completing a short written application found here. Graded: pass/fail. 2 credits.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Thursday 3:00 - 4:50 pm TNH 2.124

Examination information not available

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory

Faculty

Jefferson, Wallace B. Jefferson, Wallace B.
Ekery, Rachel A. Ekery, Rachel A.