Law 108A/B - Legal Research and Writing

Todd Schneider

Todd Schneider

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Stanford University, 1993
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center, 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
Todd Schneider 18F 108A DIS 1F MW 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM 2.0 No No
Todd Schneider 18F 108A DIS 1I TR 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 2.0 No No
Todd Schneider 19S 108B DIS 1F MW 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 3.0 No No
Todd Schneider 19S 108B DIS 1I TR 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2018 DIS 1F
Course Reader    
OPTIONAL
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 1I
Course Reader    
OPTIONAL
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 1F
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 1I
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