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-ordinatorSara Smyth

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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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. Identify the principles of case briefing and legal analysis in United States jurisdictions

Activities:
Lectures and seminars, prescribed and recommended reading, annotated bibliography assessment requiring reading and analysis of primary and secondary legal materials.

02. Prepare a legal memorandum of advice in the style applicable to jurisdictions in the United States.

Activities:
Prescribed and recommended reading materials, team presentations and case studies, lecturer facilitation

03. Distinguish and demonstrate the fundamental characteristics of legal research and writing as it applies in United States# Jurisdictions.

Activities:
Lectures and seminars, prescribed and recommended reading, assessment requiring reading and analysis of primary and secondary legal materials, final assessment

04. Work collaboratively and effectively in groups to develop a well-structured presentation on elements of US legal research and writing.

Activities:
Prescribed and recommended reading materials, team presentations and case studies, lecturer facilitation

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