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Legal Writing and Research
Advanced Legal Research: Business and Tax
Business and Tax Legal Research provides students with an introduction to business and tax related materials and advanced training on the finding and utilization of these materials for legal research purposes. Topics covered will include business forms, company filings and SEC research, foreign and international business research, and primary and secondary sources for tax issues.
Advanced Legal Research: International
A practical, hands-on course in which students use various online (and some print) resources relevant to foreign, comparative, and international law. The course focuses on developing efficient research strategies and effectively using Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and less likely to be familiar databases such as JustisOne and vLex,. The course incorporates key freely available online resources like governmental and non-profit organization sites and the …
Advanced Legal Research: Litigation and ADR
Litigation and ADR Research provides students with an introduction to litigation- and ADR-related materials and advanced training on the finding and utilization of these materials. Topics covered will include form books, court rules and jury instructions, arbitrator and mediator research, trial technique research, interdisciplinary resources, and other topics useful in litigation and ADR settings.
Advanced Legal Research: Ohio
Advanced Legal Research (Ohio) introduces students to a wide variety of Ohio-specific legal resources, useful in a broad range of law practices in the state. The overarching goal of the course is for students to become confident and efficient researchers of Ohio law. The course takes a hands-on approach, having students use various print and …
Advanced Legal Writing
This is a survey course that aims to familiarize students with a variety of legal documents and teach them strategies and skills applicable to all legal documents. Students do little or no original research, focusing instead on writing and revising documents such as a statute, jury instructions, a simple contract, a simple opinion letter, and …
In this course, students learn and practice the fundamentals of written and oral appellate advocacy. Students are given actual materials from a case pending before the United States Supreme Court. They then write three drafts of their own version of a brief for the case, learning procedural and substantive aspects of appellate practice. In addition …
This class prepares students on competitive moot court teams by providing brief-writing and oral argument instruction. The course includes practice arguments following which the instructors and class members critique the performance of teams as they prepare for regional and national competition.
Drafting Business Contracts
This course provides students with a practical, hands-on introduction to the skills, techniques, and strategies that transactional business lawyers use when drafting business contracts.
Jury instructions are the set of legal rules that jurors should follow when the jury is deciding a civil or criminal case. Jury instructions are given to the jury by the judge, who usually reads them aloud to the jury. This course offers a step-by-step approach to the drafting of jury instructions.
Legal Analysis and Writing I
This course introduces students to legal institutions and processes; methods of legal analysis; research sources and strategies; professionalism issues that confront new lawyers; and effective communication with clients, colleagues, and other audiences. Students engage in oral interactions and prepare written documents that respond to simulated client problems; professors provide extensive individualized feedback on these projects.
Legal Analysis and Writing II
This course continues the work of Legal Analysis and Writing I, using more sophisticated client problems. In addition to honing research, writing, oral communication, and professionalism skills learned during the first semester, students learn to write as advocates. In that role, they explore differences between persuasive communications and predictive ones. Students also identify tools for …
The course will cover case planning, interviewing and counseling, pleading, motion practice, informal and formal discovery, settlement discussions and, if time permits, interim relief and interlocutory appeals. Since students will have learned the basic legal doctrines in Civil Procedure, the focus will be on planning, analysis, and strategy. The class will be divided into law …
Students will guide a fictitious company through a sophisticated transaction. As part of their representation, students will develop a procedural and substantive understanding of a transactional practice, and the roles transactional lawyers play. Students will be asked to draft several supporting documents, and ultimately turn negotiated business terms provided to them into a complex transaction …