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Writing in Law Practice: Writing for Judicial Clerkships ()

This class aims to develop your research and writing skills beyond what you learned in your first-year legal writing courses. It simulates a clerkship experience in which you must assist the instructors in rendering a decision on a criminal case with a bench memorandum and resolving a dispositive motion in a civil case with a memorandum opinion. As a foundation to prepare the bench memo and opinion, you will rely upon briefs, memoranda, and other documents filed in actual cases before the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Classwork will focus on the theory, structure, and style of judicial opinions, while affording you the opportunity to work on writing composition principles through various exercises.

Students who might be interested in this course include those who are:

  • Considering serving as judicial law clerks;
  • Considering careers as staff attorneys, hearing officers, judges, or other courtroom personnel;
  • Considering careers as advocates before opinion-writing bodies, at either the administrative, trial, or appellate level; or
  • Looking to refine their legal writing skills.

Current & Previous Instructors:
Brandon K. Moore; Christine E. White;

332 (CRN: )       Credits: 2
    Moore; White.
    Spring, 2015 (Evening).
    Mon: 6:30-8:30  
    Room 202.
    12 openings. (Limit 12).
    


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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