ENGL392 - Legal Writing

Prerequisite: ENGL101; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.

Conventions of legal writing and research. Students learn how to read and write about cases, statutes or other legislation; how to apply legal principles to fact scenarios; and how to present a written analysis for readers in the legal profession. Assignments may include the law-school application essay, case briefs, legal memos, and client letters.

Designed to meet the needs of students who intend to pursue careers in law, this course teaches the conventions of legal writing and research. Students learn how to read and write about cases, how to write about statutes or other legislation, how to apply legal principles to fact scenarios, and, perhaps most importantly, how to organize and present a written analysis that meets the needs of a reader in the legal profession. Assignments may include the law-school application essay, case briefs, legal memos, and client letters, as well as other formats that address audiences and utilize forms of reasoning that are typical of law. Although most of these types of documents do require the writer to keep the client's interests in mind, usually they are more informative or "predictive" than argumentative. 
 
For more information about this course please see the Professional Writing Program's website.
 
Note: 
This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. For ENGL majors to receive major credit from this course, they will have to have already fulfilled the professional writing requirement with another course.
Prerequisites: 
ENGL101; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and junior standing or higher.