Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Professional Skills I
Spring 2008 Syllabus
For a list of all required texts, please refer to the "Booklist" located on the WSU website, accessed at http://www.wsulaw.edu/pdf/Spring2008Booklist.pdf.
Students: Bring your Edwards text to every PSI class, as we will conduct in-class exercises from that text.
ASSIGNMENT (due in class
session under which assignment is
CLASS READING ASSIGNMENT TOPIC listed)
UNGRADED ASSIGNMENTS -
Introduction to PSI course, objective BRING TO CLASS: (1) Case Brief
Edwards: Introduction, Chapter writing; and reading/briefing cases; (Ann M v. Pacific Plaza Shopping
1, Appendix A (Sample Memo of Review Leon Brief; Outlining Rules; Center , 6 Cal.4th 666 (1993)); (2)
Week 1 (Jan. 14 - 18) Rule with Elements). Rule Structures. Exercise 1, pg. 64-65.
Introduction to Outlining Rules, Rule
Edwards: Chapter 2 (Outlining a Structures, and Large Scale
Rule in the Abstract); Chapter 3 Organization (IREAC); Overview of
(Outlining a Rule for Memo Memo Format (Questions Presented, UNGRADED ASSIGNMENTS -
Writing); Chapter 4 (Forumulating Statement of Facts, Discussion, BRING TO CLASS: (1) Exercise 1,
Week 2 (Jan. 21-25) a Rule from a Case Opinion). Headings, Conclusion). pg. 27; (2) Exercise 1, pg. 35.
Edwards: Chapter 7 (Rule
Explanation with a Single Case); IREAC; Drafting the Issue
Chapter 14 (pages 185-204) Statement and Statement of Facts;
(Citations); Chapter 8 (Rule Introduction to Citations (Case
Application Using a Single Case); Citations, and How to use ALWD);
Chapter 13 (Drafting Headings, Discuss organization of WA1
Question Presented, Brief Answer, Discussion section; Review sample
Week 3 (Jan. 28 - Feb. 1) Fact Statements). RE/A paragraphs. Bring ALWD text to class.
FIRST HALF: Rule Synthesis;
Organization of Multiple Authorities
Edwards: Chapter 5 in IREAC; SECOND HALF:
(Formulating a Rule from Multiple Introduction to Legal Research (this WA1 DUE (FIRST DRAFT OF
Cases); Read remainder of cases portion taught by research CLOSED UNIVERSE MEMO)
Week 4 (Feb. 4 - 8) in Closed Universe. librarians). (Ungraded Assignment)
Edwards: Chapter 9 (Writing Writing Discussion Using Multiple
Discussion Using Multiple Authorities; Discussion of Cases in BRING TO CLASS BRIEFS OF ALL
Authorities); Chapter 12 Closed Universe; WRITING CASES IN CLOSED UNIVERSE.
(Organizing Discussion Section); WORKSHOP #1: Using Active Bring "Plain English for Lawyers"
Week 5 (Feb. 11 - 15) Wydick: Pages 1-20, 27-32. Voice and the S-V-O format. text to class.
MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR IN
Week 6 (Feb. 18 - 22) INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES
FIRST HALF: Overview of Final
Memorandum Assignment; Creating
Sloan: Chapter 11 (creating a Research Plan and Developing
research plan); Chapter 2 (search Search Terms. SECOND HALF: WA2 DUE (FINAL DRAFT OF
terms); Chapter 3 (secondary Print Research; Secondary Sources; CLOSED UNIVERSE MEMO) (25%
source research); Chapter 4 (case Locating / Updating Cases (this of Final Grade). Students receive
research - stop at pg. 97); portion of class taught by research final memorandum assignment.
Week 7 (Feb. 25 - 29) Chapter 5 (updating cases). librarians). Bring ALWD text to class.
Sloan: Chapter 10 (electronic
research); Appendix A (internet
research cites); Pgs. 97-105. FIRST HALF: Electronic Research
ALWD: Parts 5 and 6 (Rules 43 - Techniques (using Westlaw);
49); Appendix 6 (sample memo Discuss Plan for Researching Final
with citations included); Sloan: Memo. SECOND HALF: Citations
pages 53-59 (citing secondary (statutes, signals, quotations, citing WA3 DUE (PRINT RESEARCH
Week 8 (March 3 - 7) sources). secondary sources). PROJECT) (5% of Final Grade)
Students must also attend Lexis-
Nexis training this week -- approx.
Week 8 Lexis Training 45 minutes (sign up in WSU library)
Week 9 (March 10-14)
Discuss Research Results and Large-
Scale Organization for Final Memo; WA4 DUE (RESEARCH REPORT
Edwards: Chapter 10 (Writing Advanced Argumentation; Citations and OUTLINE OF WA5) (5% of
Week 10 (March 17 - 21) the Analysis of Multiple Issues) Review. Final Grade)
FIRST HALF: Take Citations
Quiz. SECOND HALF: WRITING
WORKSHOP #2: Using topic Citations Quiz (20% of Final
Wydick: Pgs. 15-17, 27-28, 33- sentences and paragraphs Grade). Bring "Plain English for
Week 11 (March 24 - 28) 53. effectively. Lawyers" text to class.
Sloan: Chapter 6 (statutory
research); Chapter 7 (researching
legislative history); Review pgs. Researching Statutes; California WA5 DUE (FIRST DRAFT OF
350-351 (statutory research Legal Research (entire class taught FINAL MEMO) (15% of Final
Week 12 (Mar. 31 - Apr. 4) plans). by research librarians). Grade)
Editing and Revising the Objective
Memo. WRITING WORKSHOP
Edwards: Chapter 15 (Revising #3: Review Sample Student WA6 DUE (STATUTORY RESEARCH
Week 13 (Apr. 7 - 11) for Usage and Style). Memorandums from WA5. PROJECT) (5% of Final Grade)
Week 14 (Apr. 14 - 18) INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES
WA7 DUE (FINAL DRAFT OF
LAST CLASS: COMPLETE FINAL MEMO) (25% of Final
Week 15 (Apr. 21 - 25) TEACHER EVALUATIONS Grade)
Apr. 29 - May 16 READING PERIOD and EXAMS