Whether or not you expect to represent retail clients during your career, this course provides real-world writing skills for your future at a law firm and builds on skills learned in your first-year Legal Practice course. This class will build your writing repertoire and will familiarize you with different kinds of writing used in a litigation practice. It does so against the background of legal issues facing retail clients—issues that you probably have personal experience with from your life as a consumer of retail products.
Retail law gives us an exciting lens from which to approach writing and legal practice skills. Clients in the retail industry contend with a wide variety of legal issues: they could face lawsuits about their advertising and marketing, contracts, data collection, employment, supply chain, real estate, and other hot-button areas of law. They are also sued by a variety of different groups: competitors, customers, and employees. A young lawyer practicing in this area will be expected to research an assortment of legal questions, prepare internal memoranda for her team, draft written advice to clients, and assist in motions practice and other aspects of litigation. This course uses fact patterns from the retail industry like those that a young lawyer could expect to see in practice.
Students will improve analytical and writing skills, apply those skills to new types of legal problems, develop a strong “self-editor” and skills for taking and implementing constructive criticism, practice effective time management techniques, and gain familiarity with the types of written assignments a young firm lawyer is expected to handle and the types of work product partners and clients will expect to better prepare for legal practice.