Professional Skills I
Fall 2007 Syllabus 7/31/2007
(for classes meeting once per week)
For a list of all required texts, refer to the WSU "Booklist," accessed at http://www.wsulaw.edu/pdf/Fall2007Booklist.pdf.
Students: Bring your Edwards text to every PSI class, as we will often complete in-class exercises from that text.
ASSIGNMENT (due in class session in
CLASS READING ASSIGNMENT TOPIC which assignment is listed)
UNGRADED ASSIGNMENTS - BRING TO
CLASS: (1) Case Brief of Leon for First
Memo Assignment (Students: Use your Lexis
Edwards: Introduction, Chapter Introduction to PSI course, objective or Westlaw ID to find and print the following
1, Appendix A (Sample Memo of writing; and reading/briefing cases; case: Leon v. Family Fitness Center (#107),
Rule with Elements), Chapter 2, Review Leon Brief; Outlining Rules; Inc., 61 Cal. App. 4th 1227 (1998)); (2)
Week 1 (August 23) Chapter 3 (Rule Outlining) Rule Structures Exercise 1, pg. 64-65.
Read Sample Student
Memorandum posted on Lexis Formulating Rule from a Case Opinion;
Course Web Page. Edwards: Overview of Memo Format (Questions
Chapter 4 (Forumulating a Rule Presented, Statement of Facts,
from a Case Opinion); Chapter 13 Discussion, Headings, Conclusion);
(Drafting Headings, Question Large Scale Organization (IREAC); UNGRADED ASSIGNMENTS - BRING TO
Presented, Brief Answer, Fact Drafting the Issue Statement, Brief CLASS: (1) Exercise 1, pg. 27; (2) Exercise
Week 2 (Aug. 30) Statements) Answer, and Statement of Facts. 1, pg. 35.
Edwards: Chapter 14 (pages 185- Introduction to Citations (How to use
204) (Citations); Edwards: ALWD and Citing Cases); Discuss
Chapter 7 (Rule Explanation with a Organization of WA1; Review Sample
Single Case); Chapter 8 (Rule RE/A Paragraphs. WRITING
Application Using a Single Case). WORKSHOP #1: using active voice Bring ALWD text to class. Bring "Plain
Week 3 (Sept. 6) Wydick: Pages 1-20, 27-32 and the S-V-O format. English for Lawyers" text to class.
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First Half: Introduction to Legal
Sloan: Chapter 1; Chapter 11 Research (class taught by research WA1 DUE (FIRST DRAFT OF CLOSED
(creating a research plan). librarians). Second Half: Discussion UNIVERSE MEMO) (Ungraded
Week 4 (Sept. 13) Edwards: Chapter 5 (Formulating of Cases in Closed Universe; Assignment); STUDENTS RECEIVE
Room 413 a Rule from Multiple Cases). Introduction to Case Synthesis. ADDITIONAL CASES FOR WA2
Brief remainder of cases for
first memo assignment. Read
Edwards: Chapter 9; Chapter 12 Organization of Multiple Authorities in
ALWD: Rules 43 - 49 and IREAC; Writing Discussion Using
Appendix 6 (sample memo); Multiple Authorities. Citations BRING TO CLASS TWO HARD COPIES OF
Edwards: Chapter 14 (Citation (statutes, signals, quotations, citing BRIEFS OF ALL CASES IN CLOSED
Form); Sloan: pages 53-59 (citing secondary sources); Using Citations UNIVERSE (Ungraded Assignment).
Week 5 (Sept. 20) secondary sources) Within A Memo Bring ALWD to class.
Students receive WA1 with professor
Week 6 (Sept. 27) INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES comments.
Optional Memo-Drafting Review
Thurs., Sept. 27, (Professor Lori Roberts) (this session
1:00 p.m.; Room will be videotaped for evening
FIRST HALF: Overview of Final
Sloan: Chapter 11 (creating a Memorandum Assignment; Creating a
research plan); Chapter 2 (search Research Plan and Developing Search
terms); Chapter 3 (secondary Terms. SECOND HALF: Introduction to WA2 DUE (FINAL DRAFT OF CLOSED
source research); Chapter 4 (case Print Research; Secondary Sources; UNIVERSE MEMO) (25% of Final Grade).
research - stop at pg. 97); Chapter Locating / Updating Cases (this portion Students receive final memorandum
Week 7 (Oct. 4) 5 (updating cases) of class taught by research librarians) assignment. Bring ALWD text to class.
WA3 DUE (INCLUDES: RESEARCH PLAN
Sloan: Chapter 10 (electronic Discuss Plan for Researching Final FOR FINAL MEMO and RESULTS OF
research); Appendix A (internet Memo; Lecture: Electronic Research PRINT RESEARCH PROJECT) (5% of Final
Week 8 (Oct. 11) research cites); Pgs. 97-105 Techniques Grade)
Students must also attend Lexis-
Nexis training this week -- approx. 45
Week 8 Lexis minutes (sign up for training in WSU
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Optional Citations Review
Thurs., Oct. 11, (Professor Lori Roberts) (this session
1:00 p.m., Room will be videotaped for the evening
FIRST HALF: Take Citations Quiz.
SECOND HALF: WRITING Citations Quiz (15% of Final Grade).
Wydick: Pages 15-17, 27-28, and WORKSHOP #2: Using topic Bring "Plain English for Lawyers" text to
Week 9 (Oct. 18) 33-53. sentences and paragraphs effectively. class.
During Week 9, students must attend
Week 9 Westlaw Westlaw training (sign up for training
Training in WSU library)
Discuss Research Results; Discuss
Large-Scale Organization for Final WA4 DUE (RESEARCH REPORT FOR
Edwards: Chapter 10 (Writing the Memo; Case Snythesis; Advanced FINAL MEMO and OUTLINE OF WA5) (5%
Week 10 (Oct. 25) Analysis of Multiple Issues) Argumentation of Final Grade)
WA5 DUE (FIRST DRAFT OF FINAL
Week 11 (Nov. 1) Plagiarism Workshop. MEMO) (20% of Final Grade)
Sloan: Chapter 6 (statutory FIRST HALF: Researching Statutes
research); Chapter 7 (researching SECOND HALF: California Legal
legislative history); Review pgs. Research (entire class taught by
Week 12 (Nov. 8) 350-351 (statutory research plans) research librarians)
Editing and Revising the Objective
Memo; WRITING WORKSHOP #3: WA6 DUE (STATUTORY RESEARCH
Edwards: Chapter 15 (Revising Review Sample Student Memorandums PROJECT) (5% of Final Grade). Students
Week 13 (Nov. 15) for Usage and Style) from WA5. receive WA5 with professor comments.
NO CLASS THIS WEEK.
THANKSGIVING BREAK IS NOVEMBER
Week 14 22 - 25.
Week 15 (Class
Meets Monday, LAST CLASS: COMPLETE TEACHER WA7 DUE (FINAL DRAFT OF FINAL
Nov. 26) EVALUATIONS MEMO) (25% of Final Grade)
Nov. 28 - Dec. 2 EXAM STUDY PERIOD: NO CLASS
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