Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers

Class Unique: 27660

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. This course focuses on legal document drafting. It does not focus on legal academic works, such as research articles. The multiple research and writing assignments will build on each other, culminating in full-length, formal analytical memorandums that could potentially serve as professional writing samples. The course will assist with the critical-thinking and writing skills that are foundational to American academic endeavors as well as law practice.

This course fulfills the New York Bar Exam requirement Rule 520.6(3)(vi)(b) and Texas Bar Exam requirement under XIII Sec. 8(a)(7)(B). 

Graded pass/fail.

Restricted to LL.M. students who do not have a U.S. J.D. degree.


Class Details

Short course from 8/28/19 through 11/13/19

Meeting Days Time Location
Wednesday 3:45 - 5:55 pm TNH 2.124
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Mandatory


  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
      edition: 20th
      ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7   (required)
  • A Lawyer Writes A practical guide to legal analysis - Christine Coughlin
      Carolina Academic Press , edition: 2
      ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9   (required)