Law 473 - Advanced Written Advocacy Workshop

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C. Merrill

General Course Description:

Lawyers represent their clients primarily through writing. This advanced course will enhance students’ ability to advocate effectively by honing writing skills crucial to legal success: persuasive argumentation, penetrating analysis, compelling storytelling, strategic use of authority, and deft editing. In this limited-enrollment workshop, students will analyze, research, draft, and revise litigation-related documents; study the rhetorical craft of the nation’s best practicing attorneys; and receive extensive individualized feedback. The writing assignments will be closely based on actual cases, some of them litigated by the instructor, and will pose complex and challenging problems on the cutting edge of contemporary litigation.  The assignments will include demand letters, motions, oppositions to motions, and appellate briefs. 

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