Law 108A/B - Legal Research and Writing

Sarah Wetzstein

Sarah Wetzstein

Lecturer in Law
B.S. Cornell University, 1998
J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2001
Course Description:

Legal Research and Writing is the students’ foundational clinical course and focuses on practice-oriented legal analysis. During this yearlong course students develop the analytic skill set needed by practicing lawyers and desired by legal employers.  Students are introduced to fundamentals of legal reasoning, the structure of objective and persuasive arguments, effective written analysis, legal research methods, statutory interpretation, compelling oral advocacy, fact investigation, client counseling, and negotiation.  These analytic skills are taught using the clinical method, with the client’s perspective firmly in mind and with the students learning by acting as lawyers.  By learning how to function as practicing lawyers, students can succeed in their summer jobs, and in their careers when they graduate.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sarah Wetzstein 18F 108A DIS 1C MW 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 2.0 No No
Sarah Wetzstein 18F 108A DIS 1L TR 9:00 AM - 10:25 AM 2.0 No No
Sarah Wetzstein 19S 108B DIS 1C MW 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 3.0 No No
Sarah Wetzstein 19S 108B DIS 1L TR 9:00 AM - 10:25 AM 3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2018 DIS 1C
Course Reader    
REQUIRED
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  5th ed.  
ISBN: 9781594601514. Carolina Academic Press. OPTIONAL $22.00
Textbook for Fall 2018 DIS 1L
Course Reader    
REQUIRED
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  5th ed.  
ISBN: 9781594601514. Carolina Academic Press. OPTIONAL $22.00
Textbook for Spring 2019 DIS 1C
Course Reader    
REQUIRED
Guberman, Ross. Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates  2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9780199943852. Oxford University Press. REQUIRED $23.96
Textbook for Spring 2019 DIS 1L
Course Reader    
REQUIRED
Guberman, Ross. Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates  2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9780199943852. Oxford University Press. REQUIRED $23.96