USA LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

LAW5ULW

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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-ordinatorGordon Walker

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Learning resources

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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