USA LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

LAW5ULW

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will learn the basics of the U.S. legal system, common law, case briefing and legal analysis. Students are then taught the fundamentals of legal research and writing in the American legal system. The subject will culminate in a take-home examination consisting of the drafting of an objective legal memorandum with research materials provided.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKeith Kendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCulture to Culture: A Guide to U.S. Legal WritingPrescribedRamsfield, JCAROLINA UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsLegal Writing: Getting It Right and Getting It WrittenRecommendedRay, M & Ramsfield, JTHOMSON WEST PUBLISHING

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Be able to identify the basics of US case briefing and legal analysis.

Activities:
Lectures and problem solving activities.

02. Be able to prepare a legal memorandum of advice in the US style.

Activities:
Team presentation/scenarios on USA Legal Research and Writing facilitated by the lecturer.

03. Distinguish and display the fundamental characteristics of legal research and writing in the American legal system.

Activities:
Lectures and problem solving activities.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 48-49, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeith Kendall

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 48 - 49
Five 7.0 hours lecture per day on weekdays during the day from week 48 to week 49 and delivered via face-to-face.
"26 Nov-2 Dec"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class participation10 01, 02, 03
One 6,000-7,000- word take-home examination90 01, 02, 03