Law 572A/B - Legal Research and Writing Writing Advisor Seminar

Julie Cramer

Julie Cramer

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 2000
J.D. UCLA, 2003
UCLA Faculty Since 2009
Course Description:

This seminar is required for all writing advisors in the Legal Research and Writing Program and is open only to those writing advisors. The seminar reinforces the analytical and writing skills taught in the first year legal research and writing curriculum. Students in the seminar discuss in detail how to approach analyzing case authority, as well as how to approach the process of predictive and persuasive written argumentation. As preparation for the classroom discussion, students prepare several substantive assignments that require them to articulate the process of legal analysis as well as the process of presenting legal analysis in written form. In developing these skills students in the seminar work with students in the first year legal research and writing course to refine the writing advisor's and the first years’ understanding of the process of legal analysis and written argumentation. Students will also practice their own writing and research skills through several objective and persuasive writing assignments having nothing to do with the first year curriculum.

WA Seminar Credit Information

  • Students receive five credits for serving as a WA.  
    • Three credits are letter-graded (Law 572A/B).  These three letter-graded credits relate to students’ performance in the WA Seminar.
      • Student grades are not subject to the mandatory curve. 
    • Two credits are graded on a pass/no pass basis (Law 346A/B).  These two P/NP credits relate to the students’ critiques and other work with the 1Ls assigned to them by their individual professor.
  • Students receive three credits for the fall semester and two for the spring semester.
  • Students do not receive any credits for serving as a WA unless they’ve completed the full year.
  • Students are not allowed to do a full-time externship and serve as a WA at the same time. Students may do a part-time externship, provided the externship does not interfere with their WA duties.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will have developed and practiced the following important skills of a lawyer:

1. Reading cases in order to make analogies and distinguishing arguments
2. Editing and critiquing the written arguments of others
3. Working and collaborating with colleagues
4. Writing professional emails
5. Develop themes and theories of cases
6. Research
7. Persuasive writing

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Julie Cramer 19F 572A SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 6:55 PM 2.0 No No
  Course restricted to students who are Writing Skills Advisors. Records Office will process enrollment for this course along with Law 346, the complementary course associated with this program. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm on 8/23/2019.
Julie Cramer 20S 572B SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 6:55 PM 1.0 No No
  Second part of a yearlong course. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course and its complementary course Law 346.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 SEM 1
Harvard Law Review Association. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation  20th ed.  
ISBN: 9780692400197. Harvard Law Review Association. REQUIRED $38.46
Wydick, Richard C. Plain English for Lawyers   6th ed.  
ISBN: 9781531006990. Carolina Academic Press. REQUIRED $25.00