Law 108A/B - Legal Research and Writing

Andrew R. Whitcup

Andrew R. Whitcup

Lecturer in Law
B.A. New York University, 2002
J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, 2006
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
Andrew Whitcup 18F 108A DIS 1B MW 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 2.0 No No
Andrew Whitcup 18F 108A DIS 1P TR 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM 2.0 No No
  Section P is limited to students participating in the Epstein Public Interest Law Program.
Andrew Whitcup 19S 108B DIS 1B TR 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM 3.0 No No
Andrew Whitcup 19S 108B DIS 1P M 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM
W 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM
3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2018 DIS 1B
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 1P
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. REQUIRED $22.00
Textbook for Spring 2019 DIS 1B
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 1P
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