Advanced Written Advocacy (30218). 3 units. This seminar will train students to advocate for their clients more effectively. To improve students' strategic writing, we will scrutinize excellent trial motions and appellate briefs to see how top practitioners tell their clients' stories, organize and build legal arguments, and advance their clients' strategic interests. We will also review numerous other types of litigation-related documents, including letters, memoranda, and complaints. Although the course will provide a fair amount of instruction about the stylistic side of "legal writing," it will focus on advocacy's more substantive, strategic facets. Students will prepare several assignments, at least one of which will be prepared as part of a team. N. Messing.
Note: Students may not drop the course after the second class session begins.
Course Selection: This course does not require permission of the instructor, so students should list it as their lowest preference among experiential course selections.