LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING
(LAWJ-1002) - 4 UNITS
This course teaches students the basics of legal research and writing. Students are divided into small sections. Research topics covered include: ethical obligations to research, court structure, stare decisis, case reporting and precedent, digests, state and federal statutes and administrative law, periodicals, encyclopedias and treatises, citations form, research strategies, and computerized legal research. Students learn the fundamentals of drafting objective and persuasive legal documents. Students will prepare an office memorandum, a brief or memorandum of points and authorities, and other written work. Professors extensively critique student written work and meet individually with students to review their papers.