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NEW COURSE APPLIC ATIO N                                                           Course Prefix       Number
                                                                                                       Proposed
Georgia Gwinnett College                                                            POLS                4390
Curriculum Committee
                                                           Offered jointly with:
School or Program     SLA        Curriculum Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Vickie Williams Date: January 10, 2011

Course Title                                                                                           Credits
Legal Research and Writing                                                                             3
          1. PURPOSE OF REQUEST
          X Permanent new course, to be effective Fall Semester 2011.
           Temporary new course, to be offered beginning        Semester 20    through
          Semester 20      .
           Extension of a temporary new course, to be offered beginning     Semester 20
          through    Semester 20__
           Conversion of a temporary new course, to be offered beginning    Semester 20
    .
            This application is accompanied by an application to drop an existing course that
           has the same course number as the course requested here.

           Attach a course syllabus including a reading list if this course will be
           offered for more than one se mester.

           2. JUSTIFICATION

              A) Explain why this course is being proposed, including its relationship
           to the overall curriculum and goals of the college.

           This course is requir ed by all Polit ical Science majors in the legal studies
           concentration, which will also ser ve st udents in the Cr iminal Justice/
           Crim inolog y major, Political Science majors in other concentrations
           needing electives and majors in other areas needing elect ives. Students
           taking this course will learn the basics of legal research, analysis and
           wr it ing. They will become f amiliar wit h the tools used to conduct legal
           research, methods of legal analysis and argument, and conventions of
           legal writ ing in expositive and argumentative contexts. Students will
           practice articulating legal issues verb ally and in writ ing by complet ing
           exercises in client interviewing and counseling and moot cour t arguments
           in class. This course will develop students’ analyt ical, ver bal and writ ing
           skills.



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This course addresses the f ollowing IEE goals of the college.

IEE1:   Clear ly com municate ideas in wr itten and oral f orm.
IEE2:   Demonstrate creativit y and crit ical thinking in inter - and multi-
        disciplinar y context s.
IEE3:   Demonstrate eff ective use of inf ormation technolog y.
IEE4:   Demonstrate an abilit y t o collabor ate in diverse and global
        contexts.
IEE5:   Demonstrate an understanding of human and institut ional decision
        making f rom multiple perspectives.
IEE6:   Demonstrate an understanding of moral and ethical principles.

The course will se r ve the students in the f ollowing ways:
A.   Competently research cases and statutes;
B.   Identif y legal issues and det ermine legally relevant f acts;
C.   Present a legal analysis of a problem in a written f orm that adheres
     to the conventions of the legal p rof ession;
D.   Apply precedents to hypothetical f act patterns and def end a point
      of view;
E.   Learn how courts make decisions and how courts and attorneys
      resolve legal disputes; and
F.   W rite papers with a clear thesis supported by f a cts and arguments.

Polit ical Science Pr ogram Outcome Goals

The course will meet the f ollowing Political Science Program Outcome
Goals
1. Skills in crit ical analysis, abilit y to synthesize inf ormation, and abilit y
to present logical ar guments leading to c reative solutions of various
polit ical problems.
2. Knowledge of different polit ical syst ems, including the US/GA
government, enabling them to become inf ormed and responsible citizens
and preparing them for careers in related f ields.
4. The abilit y to expl ore a variet y of approaches to polit ics and the study
of government.

  B) List other (at least two) USG colleges or schools that off er this
course. Please give catalog descriptions f rom these inst itut ions.
(Although not requir ed f or approval, this inf orm ation will expedite the
proposal review process.)


Georgia College and State Uni versit y describes the course as f ollows:

POLS 3361. LEG AL RESE ARCH AND WRI TING.

The source and technique of legal resear ch, its applicat ion to specif ic
legal pr oblems, and th e use of legal authorit y to construct a wr itten legal
argument. Required f or the legal studies concentration.




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        Valdosta State Uni versit y descr ibes the course as f ollows:

        POLS 4230 - Legal Research
        A concentration on developing the research skills necessary for a knowledge,
        appreciation, and ability to function effectively in the legal system.

        Kennesaw State Universit y describes the course as f ollows:

        POLS 3320 - Legal Research
        An introduct ion to legal resources f or law -related courses and to
        problems that demonstrate the eff ective utilizat ion of legal research and
        ref erence tools in a manner designed to meet the needs of the student in
        both law and non -law f ields. An underst anding of legal rules is necessar y
        f or scientists, archaeologists and other prof e ssionals.

        C) If course is below the 3000 level, the department can recommend that
        it be accepted towar d the f ollowing under graduate general education
        requirements. Please list all areas that apply:

        N/A

      3. CATALOG DATA/CO URSE DESCRI PTION
 Catalog descr ip tion: (Must be double spaced. )

POLS 4390 – Legal Writing and Research (3)

Prerequisite: POLS 1101 and ENGL 1102 with a grade of C or better or permission of the instructor

In this course, students will learn the tools and methods of legal research and writing. The course covers

methods for locating and analyzing statutory and case authorities and writing legal memoranda,

correspondence, and briefs in trial court and appellate contexts. In addition, students will practice identifying

issues in client interview settings and articulating legal issues in simulated appellate arguments.

 Enforce automatic cancellation of registration if prerequisites not met. YES
 Abbreviated title for transcripts (not to exceed 19 characters, including spaces): LEGAL WRITING & RES
 Catalog subheading (if any) for this course within your department: Legal Studies
 Semesters course will be offered (FA, SP, SU___): May be offered all semesters needed
 _____________________________________________  Include semesters in GGC Catalog description.

        4. CREDITS AND HO URS
           a. Contact hours:




                                                                                                      4
Contact hours per week
   Lecture    3            Laboratory
   Online                  Seminar          ______                                                       3
   Other*                   Recitation      ______
   *Attach explanation and justification for “other” contact hours. TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 3


            b. If variable credit, how will the number of credits awarded be related to the amount
         of student effort required? N/A

           c. How will students be evaluated for credit or grades?
               Students will be evaluated on the following:

               A. Statutory Research Exercise: Students will be given problems in statutory
                  research and demonstrate ability to conduct research on statutory authorities.

               B. Legal Memorandum: Students will be assessed on their ability to analyze a
                  legal problem objectively for purpose of advising recipients of a written
                  memorandum.

               C. Client Interviewing Exercise: Students will conduct an interview of a
                  prospective client and demonstrate ability to spot legal issues in the
                  prospective client’s responses to questions.

               D. Demand Letter: Students will draft a letter demanding a settlement of a legal
                  claim.

               E. Trial Brief: Students will write a brief in support of or opposition to a motion in
                  a trial court setting.
               .
               F. Appellate Brief: Students will draft a short brief of a legal issue in an appellate
                  court setting.

               G. Moot Court: Students will argue the issue presented in their appellate brief.

               H. Final Examination: Will assess students’ knowledge of legal research and
                  issues presented in writing legal memoranda, letters, and briefs.


         5. STUDENTS
            a. Anticipated enrollment per semester    20      .

           b. Types of students expected: all political science majors in the Legal Studies
              concentration. Criminal Justice majors and political science majors in other
              concentrations and majors in other areas where electives are possible. Students
              interested in law school regardless of major are anticipated to be interested in the
              course.




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  6. IMPACT ON STUDENTS and FACULTY:

  A) Students. Indicate if the proposal increases or decreases credits or requirements for
  students; involves an off-campus investment of time; imposes any unusual or new
  opportunities for students. Does the proposal change the total credits required for any
  degree?

  The course does not change the number of total credits required for graduation for any
  degree.

  B) Faculty. Indicate whether or not the elements of the proposal can be supported with
  existing faculty and how this can be done. If not, describe how many new positions
  would be needed to support the recommendations in the proposal. Indicate if the
  administration has been consulted in the event of needed increases in faculty. Provision
  of this information does not guarantee that any changes in faculty will be forthcoming
  even though the proposal is approved by the Curriculum Committee and forwarded to
  the Vice President with a recommendation for approval.

  Existing political science faculty have the credentials to teach this course.

  7. RESOURCES

  What existing resources will be required to teach this course, including space,
  laboratories, equipment, computers, software, databases, library resources, or other
  instructional resources? Please explain.

  Students need access to library resources/databases for research and readings.

  What additional resources will be required to teach this course, including new space,
  laboratories, equipment, computers, software, databases, library resources, or other
  instructional resources? Please explain.

  Georgia Gwinnett College has access to LexisNexis databases. In order to conduct this
  course, students will need to be able to have access to LexisNexis legal research
  databases on case law and statutory law. The Law Library at the Gwinnett County
  Justice Administration Center has additional hardcover resources students will need to
  access to conduct this course.

    8. JOINT COURSE
       List all Programs and Schools participating. Joint course applications require a
    signature from each unit.
Name of School                      New course or
                      Course prefix
 (List the School                   existing course        Signature of Dean or Program Director
                       and number
  responsible for                     in this unit?
administering the
    course first)




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     9. OTHER PROGRAMS, SCHOOLS, OR DEPARTMENTS AFFECTED
     If this course includes subject matter currently dealt with by any other Schools or
     Programs, the originating School or Program must circulate this application for
     review by those units and obtain the necessary signatures prior to submission.
     Failure to do so will delay action on this application.

                                                                  Recommend Recommend
 Name of unit                   Signature of Dean or Program                disapproval           Date
                                                                   Approval
                                           Director                           (attach
                                                                            explanation)
Library
Educational technology
Other: specify

     10. COMMENTS OF DEAN OF SCHOOL OR PROGRAM DIRECTOR:




    11. APPROVAL
Position                              Signature                                                Date

Chair of the SLA Curriculum
Subcommittee
Dean of School/Program Director

College Curriculum Committee
Vice President of Academic Affairs




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                                                    School of Liberal Arts

                                                            Mission

The School of Liberal Arts provides an innovative, multidisciplinary, student-centered, flexible curriculum that prepares the
student for further study or work in a global economy. The School seeks to develop the student’s learning through faculty
  engagement in cross-disciplinary teaching, research and service with a flexible curriculum that responds to increased
                                                       globalization.



Course Number:                         POLS 4390

Course Title:                          Legal Research and Writing
Term and Year:

Professor:

Office:

Open Door Times:                       By mutual agreement between professor and student

Professor’s Contacts:                  e-mail:
                                       office phone:
                                       cell phone:

Prerequisites:                        POLS 1101 and ENGL 1102 with a grade of C or better or permission of the instructor


Course Location:

Meeting Time:

Required Texts:                       Helene S. Shapo et al., Writing and Analysis in the Law (5th ed. 2008)

                                      Amy E. Sloan, Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies (4th ed. 2009)

                                      The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010)

Additional Resources:                 Additional reading assignments will be posted on Blackboard

Course Description:                In this course, students will learn the tools and methods of legal research and writing.
                                   The course covers methods for locating and analyzing statutory and case authorities and
                                   writing legal memoranda, correspondence, and briefs in trial court and appellate contexts.
                                   In addition, students will practice identifying issues in client interview settings and
                                   articulating legal issues in simulated appellate arguments.

Course Goals and Objectives:

   1.     Competently research cases and statutes;
   2.     Identify legal issues and determine legally relevant facts;
   3.     Present a legal analysis of a problem in a written form that adheres to the conventions of the legal profession;
   4.     Apply precedents to hypothetical fact patterns and defend a point of view;
   5.     Learn how courts make decisions and how courts and attorneys resolve legal disputes; and
   6.     Write papers with a clear thesis supported by facts and arguments.
Course Outcomes:

       1.        Students will learn to competently research cases and statutes;
       2.        Students will be able to identify legal issues and determine legally relevant facts;
       3.        Students will learn how to present a legal analysis of a problem in a written form that adheres to the
                 conventions of the legal profession;
       4.        Students will be learn how to apply precedents to hypothetical fact patterns and defend a point of view;
       5.        Students will learn how courts make decisions and how courts and attorneys resolve legal disputes; and
       6.        Students will write papers with a clear thesis supported by facts and arguments.

Integrated Educational
Experience (IEE) Goals:            The course goals and objectives that meet the following are in BOLD:
                                     IEE1: Clearly communicate ideas in written and oral form.
                                     IEE2: Demonstrate creativity and critical thinking in inter- and multi-
                                                disciplinary contexts.
                                     IEE3: Demonstrate effective use of information technology.
                                     IEE4: Demonstrate an ability to collaborate in diverse and global
                                               contexts.
                                     IEE5: Demonstrate an understanding of human and institutional
                                               decision making from multiple perspectives.
                                     IEE6: Demonstrate an understanding of moral and ethical principles.
                                     IEE7: Demonstrate and apply leadership principles.
                                     IEE8: Quantitative Reasoning.


Political Science Program
Outcome Goals:                    The course will meet the following Political Science Program Outcome Goals in BOLD:
                                        1. Skills in critical analysis, ability to synthesize information, and ability to
                                            present logical arguments leading to creative solutions of various
                                            political problems.
                                        2. Knowledge of different political systems, including the US/GA
                                            government, enabling them to become informed and responsible
                                            citizens and preparing them for careers in related fields.
                                        3. International/multicultural awareness: Political science majors will
                                            demonstrate the ability to analyze a variety of current global issues, including
                                            international development and global security and comprehend the roles
                                            played by various international actors, including international organizations.
                                        4. The ability to explore a variety of approaches to politics and the study
                                            of government.

Grading Scale:                           A 90 – 100 (Excellent)            B 80 – 89 (Good)
                                         C 70 – 79   (Fair)                D 60 – 69 (Poor)
                                         F below 60 (Failure)

Assessment Tools:                        Statutory Research Problem (10%)
                                         Legal Memoranda (15%)
                                         Client Interviewing Exercise (10%)
                                         Demand Letters (10%)
                                         Trial Briefs (15%)
                                         Appellate Briefs (15%)
                                         Moot Court Rounds (10%)
                                         Final Examination (15%)

Final Examination (15%):                The final examination may consist of a variety of multiple choice, short answer,
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                                      essay questions and problems. The material in the course is cumulative by
                                      nature therefore a working knowledge of the material from the first part of the
                                      course is necessary for the final exam. The final examination will assess
                                      students’ knowledge of legal research and issues presented in writing legal
                                      memoranda, letters, and briefs.

Make-up Policy:                       No makeup exams will be given without a documented excuse such as for a
                                      university-sponsored event, a doctor’s excuse for an illness (you or your child), a
                                      death in the family or a major religious holiday. Makeup
                                      exams for illness will only be given with a doctor’s excuse stating that the
                                      absence from class was due to the illness of the student or the student’s child. A
                                      doctor’s appointment does not constitute a valid excuse for missing class as
                                      class is your top priority and therefore appointments should be scheduled at
                                      times other than class. Additionally, makeup exams will be given in the case of
                                      the death of an immediate family member (spouse, sibling, child, parent or
                                      grandparent) if a copy of the obituary is provided. Excuses should be provided in
                                      advance when possible.

Statutory Research Exercise (10%):    Students will be given problems in statutory research and demonstrate ability to
                                      conduct research on statutory authorities.

Legal Memorandum (15%):               Students will be assessed on their ability to analyze a legal problem objectively
                                      for purpose of advising recipients of a written memorandum.

Client Interviewing Exercise (10%):   Students will conduct an interview of a prospective client and demonstrate ability
                                      to spot legal issues in the prospective client’s responses to questions.

Demand Letter (10%):                  Students will draft a letter demanding a settlement of a legal claim.

Trial Brief (15%):                    Trial Brief: Students will write a brief in support of or opposition to a motion in a
                                      trial court setting.

Appellate Brief (15%):                Students will draft a short brief of a legal issue in an appellate court setting.

Moot Court (10%):                     Students will argue the issue presented in their appellate brief.

Course Changes:                   The course syllabus provides a general plan for this course. The professor reserves
                                  the right to make changes to the syllabus, including changes to assignments,
                                  projects, case studies, examinations, and so forth, in order to accommodate the
                                  needs of the class as a whole and to fulfill the goals of the course.

Important Dates:                  XX-XX-XXXX Drop/Add
                                  XX-XX-XXXX Last Day to Drop with a “W”
                                  XX-XX-XXXX Midterm Exam
                                  XX-XX-XXXX Final Exam

Academic Respect:                 Students are expected to abide by class policies and procedures and to treat faculty
                                  and other students in a professional, respectful manner. Students are expected to be
                                  familiar with the student conduct code published in the Student Handbook.

Technology Covenant
Course Materials and Grading:     Technology will be used to deliver content, provide resources, assess learning, and
                                  facilitate interaction, both within this classroom and in the larger learning community.


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                               You can expect to access the course materials and grades via Blackboard. Students
                               should check Blackboard regularly, as course changes will always be announced and
                               recorded on the course Blackboard site.


Communication                  I want to have face-to-face conversations with you, when possible. However,
                                we may need to establish a time and place via email or by phone.

                               I prefer that you contact me via e-mail for most situations. Expect me to respond
                               within 24 hours to your message. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours
                               please send your message again. I generally check my e-mail at the end of the day.
                               Please check your syllabus before contacting me as most questions I receive from
                               students can generally be answered by reading the syllabus. Please do not depend
                               on voice mail as a means of communication. If you call and I am unavailable please
                               follow up your phone call with an e-mail in order to ensure a response. Please make
                               sure you indicate the course you are in when you contact me. Communications
                               received after 5:00 PM usually will be returned by the next day. On the weekend or
                               when I am away from campus (i.e., at a conference), my response is irregular.

                               When corresponding by email, I will communicate with you using only your GGC
                               email. You should check your GGC email every day. Emails from other domains
                               (yahoo.com, gmail.com, hotmail.com, etc.) will not receive replies due to the Family
                               Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).



Expectations of Students:      All students at GGC need to have access to a computer. If you do not
                               have one, computer labs are available on campus. I expect students to access course
                               or individual communications within 1-2 days excluding weekends.


Technology Changes:            This covenant provides a general guideline for the course. I reserve the right to make
                               periodic and/or necessary changes to the covenant, including: technology use and
                               communication channels, in order to accommodate the needs of the class as a whole
                               and fulfill the goals of the course.

College/School Policies:
Affirmative Action and
Equal Opportunity Statement:   It continues to be the policy of Georgia Gwinnett College to implement affirmative
                               action and equal opportunity for all employees, students and applicants for
                               employment or admission without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national
                               origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability.

                               The college’s affirmative action program and related policies are developed in
                               compliance with federal and state laws listed in the college catalogue, and in
                               conformance with these regulations Georgia Gwinnett College does not discriminate
                               against any employee or applicant for employment or against any student or
                               applicant for admission with regard to any opportunity for which the employee or
                               student is qualified.

                               Every member of this college community is expected to uphold this policy as a matter
                               of mutual respect and fundamental fairness in human relations. The policy has the
                               unequivocal support of the Office of the President. All members of the staff, faculty,


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                                  and student body are expected to ensure that nondiscriminatory practices are
                                  followed at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Statement:                        Georgia Gwinnett College will provide reasonable accommodation to employees,
                                  applicants for employment, students, and patrons who have physical and/or mental
                                  disabilities, in accordance with applicable statutes. Georgia Gwinnett College will
                                  take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment persons who are
                                  qualified disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam Era, or other covered veterans.
                                  If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities
                                  Act and require assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the
                                  Center for Disability Services.

Academic Integrity:               Georgia Gwinnett College students are expected to adhere to the highest standards
                                  of academic integrity and are expected to encourage others to do the same. Further,
                                  students are expected to take responsible action when there is reason to suspect
                                  dishonesty on the part of others. While it is not possible to list all acts of academic
                                  dishonesty, examples include knowingly performing, attempting to perform, or
                                  assisting another in performing any act of academic dishonesty; cheating; plagiarism;
                                  collusion; submitting previously submitted material; misrepresentation or falsification
                                  of material; misrepresentation of circumstances such as illness, conflicting
                                  responsibilities. Additional details on academic integrity are found in the college
                                  catalogue.

                                  Academic dishonesty carries severe penalties ranging from a grade of “0” on the
                                  affected assignment to dismissal from Georgia Gwinnett College. Each faculty
                                  member at Georgia Gwinnett College bears the responsibility for assigning penalties
                                  for cases of academic dishonesty. Students may appeal a penalty as outlined in the
                                  Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy:                The classroom experience is a vital component of the college learning
                                  experience. Interaction with instructors and with other students is a
                                  necessary component of the learning process. Students are expected to attend
                                  regularly and promptly all class meetings and academic appointments. Students who
                                  are absent from classes bear the responsibility of notifying their instructors and
                                  keeping up with class assignments in conjunction with instructor provisions in the
                                  course syllabus. An individual instructor bears the decision as to whether a student’s
                                  absence is excused or unexcused and whether work will be permitted to be made up;
                                  the decision of the instructor in this case is final. Students who are absent because of
                                  participation in college-approved activities (such as field trips and extracurricular
                                  events) will be permitted to make up the work missed during their college-approved
                                  absences.

                                  A student whose class schedule would otherwise prevent him or her from voting will
                                  be permitted an excused absence for the interval reasonably required for voting.

                                                 Course Schedule

Week 1         Introduction to Legal Writing; Analyzing and Researching Case Law.
               Reading Assignments: Shapo, Ch. 1, 2; Sloan, Ch. 1, 4

Week 2         Analyzing and Researching Statutory Authority. Reading Assignments: Shapo, Ch. 3; Sloan, Ch. 6

Week 3         Organizing a Legal Discussion. Reading Assignments: Shapo, Ch. 4, 5

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Statutory Research Problem Due

Week 4         Researching and Writing a Legal Memorandum. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 6, 7; Sloan, Ch. 10

Week 5         The Writing Process. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 8-10.

Legal Memoranda Due

Week 6         Types of Legal Arguments in Resolving Questions of Law; Research Strategies. Reading Assignment:
               Shapo, Ch. 11, 12; Sloan, Ch. 2, 3, 11

Week 7         Client Interviewing and Counseling. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 13, 14

Client Interviewing Exercise

Week 8         Letter Writing. Reading Assignment: Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 15

Week 9         Writing to the Court: An Introduction to Advocacy. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 16

Demand Letters Due

Week 10        The Trial Brief in Support of or Opposition to a Motion. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 17; Sloan, Ch.
               5, 10

Week 12        Writing the Appellate Brief. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 18

Trial Briefs Due

Week 13        Writing the Appellate Brief. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 18

Week 14        Oral Argument. Reading Assignment: Shapo, Ch. 19

Appellate Briefs Due

Week 15        Moot Court Rounds

Final Examination




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                                 Course Objectives and Outcomes Matrix

   Course Objectives                   Course Outcomes                         Assessment Tools

Competently research          Students will learn to competently        Statutory Research Problem,
cases and statutes            research cases and statutes               Legal Memoranda, Demand
                                                                        Letters, Trial Briefs, Appellate
                                                                        Briefs, Final Examination

Identify legal issues and     Students will be able to identify legal   Statutory Research Problem,
determine legally relevant    issues and determine legally relevant     Legal Memoranda, Client
facts                         facts                                     Interviewing Exercise, Demand
                                                                        Letters, Trial Briefs, Appellate
                                                                        Briefs, Moot Court Rounds, Final
                                                                        Examination

Present a legal analysis of   Students will learn how to present a      Legal Memoranda, Demand
a problem in a written form   legal analysis of a problem in a          Letters, Trial Briefs, Appellate
that adheres to the           written form that adheres to the          Briefs, Final Examination
conventions of the legal      conventions of the legal profession
profession
Apply precedents to           Students will learn how to apply          Statutory Research Problem,
hypothetical fact patterns    precedents to hypothetical fact           Legal Memoranda, Client
and defend a point of view    patterns and defend a point of view       Interviewing Exercise, Demand
                                                                        Letters, Trial Briefs, Appellate
                                                                        Briefs, Moot Court Rounds, Final
                                                                        Examination

Learn how courts make         Students will learn how courts make       Statutory Research Problem,
decisions and how courts      decisions and how courts and              Legal Memoranda, Client
and attorneys resolve legal   attorneys resolve legal disputes          Interviewing Exercise, Demand
disputes                                                                Letters, Trial Briefs, Appellate
                                                                        Briefs, Moot Court Rounds, Final
                                                                        Examination

Write papers with a clear     Students will write papers with a         Legal Memoranda, Demand
thesis supported by facts     clear thesis supported by facts and       Letters, Trial Briefs, Appellate
and arguments                 arguments                                 Briefs, Final Examination




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