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Legal Writing and Research

Advanced Legal Research: Business and Tax

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Law I and II Course Description: 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 …


Advanced Legal Research: International

Course Description: A practical, hands-on course which surveys print and electronic information sources available in foreign and international law. This course focuses on developing efficient and cost effective research strategies, effectively searching Lexis, Westlaw and the Internet, and evaluating foreign and international legal resources.


Advanced Legal Research: Litigation and ADR

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Law I and II Course Description: This course 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, …


Advanced Legal Research: Ohio

Course Description: Ohio Legal Research provides students with an introduction to Ohio legal materials and advanced training on the utilization of these materials for legal research purposes.


Advanced Legal Writing

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Completion of first-year law Course Description: In this course, students write and revise a variety of legal documents, as well as complete a short project and presentation.


Appellate Advocacy

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: LAW I and II Course Description: This course explores procedural and substantive aspects of appellate practice. Additionally, students prepare a brief and present an oral argument on the basis of assigned resource materials and original research.


Appellate Practice IV

Course Description: 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. The class meets both semesters for a total of one credit.


Drafting Business Contracts

Course Description: This course will focus on the skills, techniques, and strategies that transactional business lawyers need to employ when drafting business contracts such as employment agreements, purchase and sale documents and joint venture contracts. The course will emphasize the practical over the theoretical and will give the students ample opportunity to hone their drafting …


Jury Instructions

Course Descriptions: 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 …


Pretrial Litigation

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Completion of first-year law Course Description: In this course, students learn the law, theory, and practice of the important proceedings that occur prior to the trial of civil cases. They develop, draft, and respond to interrogatories, requests for documents, and pretrial motions. In addition, they learn to conduct and defend …


Transactional Practice

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: This course will be open only to 2L students and will satisfy the Appellate Advocacy writing requirement in Faculty Rule 5.06. Course Description: Students will explore the procedural and substantive aspects of transactional practice; conduct original research and write a formal report (in multiple drafts); provide a formal oral …