Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
FRI 9:50 - 11:40 am TNH 3.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location


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 Rule 13 Sec. 9(a)(7)(B). 

Graded pass/fail.

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


Textbooks ( * denotes required )

1l-the Bluebook - A Uniform System Of Citation - 2 *
Harvard Law Review Association , edition: 21
ISBN: 978-0-578-66615-0
1l-a Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide To Legal Ana *
Coughlin, Christine Nero, Rocklin, Joan Malmud, Patrick, Sandy, Coughlin, Christine, and Rocklin, Joan
Carolina Academic Press , edition: 3rd
ISBN: 978-1-5310-0876-5

Important Class Changes

Date Updated
05/24/2024 Course date range updated
05/24/2024 Instructor(s) updated
05/24/2024 Instructor(s) updated
04/25/2024 Instructor(s) updated
04/01/2024 Designated as LLM-only