This seminar is designed to develop mastery of the legal writing skills initially taught in Legal Research and Writing as employed in a simulated law firm environment. Students will draft a variety of documents based on a single fact pattern, including emails, an inter-office memo, a client letter, and a motion. Students will complete multiple drafts of documents, meet in group conferences and individually with the instructor to discuss certain drafts, and engage in peer editing of classmates' papers with the goal of improving their own writing and editing.
Writing assignments, both inside and outside class, will involve exercises, initial drafts, peer review, and final revisions with students building a portfolio of their work during the course of the semester. Discussion topics will include legal strategy, writing techniques, and professional demands and concerns. Students will have opportunities to work in small groups and in team pairs, to strategize and write individually and collaboratively, and to write in the way they will be expected to write in legal practice, including using email correspondence, preparing drafts for colleagues, editing the work of others and ultimately finalizing work product for a client and a court.