Legal Analysis and Writing

Legal Analysis and Writing (formerly titled LAWR I), taught by full-time faculty members in the doctrinal area of the professor’s choice, introduces students to the structure of the American legal system and the sources of legal authority. Students are taught to read and understand cases by examining the anatomy of a lawsuit and the elements of court decisions. They also learn to read and analyze statutes and to understand the relationships among cases, statutes and regulations. The course teaches students to distinguish among and evaluate various types of legal authority, and to use that authority to solve legal problems. The students then learn to communicate their analysis by writing, for example, office memos to supervising attorneys, advice letters to clients, or bench memos to judges. Through these writing assignments, students learn how to meet the needs and expectations of the legal audience, and to understand the role that various documents play in law practice. The course may include some basic instruction in legal research and citation form.

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