Legal Writing, Advanced: Public Interest

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THU 4:30 - 6:20 pm CCJ 3.306

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Taught by Alex Stamm.

This course will develop the writing skills you will use in litigation, with a focus on the kinds of clients, cases, and forums you will encounter in a public interest practice. You will learn how to write better pleadings, motions, and briefs—and also letters, emails, and settlement agreements. You will learn how to write for judges, opposing lawyers, administrative officials, and clients who are not in-house counsel. You will improve not only your writing style, but also your strategic judgment.

You will have weekly writing assignments of varying intensity. You will edit your peers’ work, which will make you a more empathetic writer and a better self-editor. The course will prepare you for the pace and expectations of real-life practice.

This two-credit class meets once a week. There are no exams. Grading is pass/fail.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates *
Ross Guberman
Oxford University Press , edition: 2nd
ISBN: 978-0199943852
Writing for Litigation *
Kamela Bridges & Wayne Schiess
Aspen , edition: 2nd
ISBN: 978-1543809190


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
08/24/2023 Experiential credit changed
07/24/2023 Instructor(s) updated
05/17/2023 Room(s) changed