Law 393 - Written Legal Analysis

Patrick D. Goodman

Patrick D. Goodman

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 1991
M.Ed. UCLA, 1992
J.D. Columbia, 1996
UCLA Faculty Since 2001
Course Description:

Course is limited to 3L J.D. students only.  Application is required to enroll: deadline 12:00 noon, Friday, November 6. Graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.

The course explores the fundamentals of effective written legal analysis. Through repetition and feedback, students practice committing sound legal analysis to writing in a clear and organized manner, with a strong emphasis on practice-oriented application of law to fact. Students must be prepared to complete several written assignments, assigned at weekly intervals throughout the semester. Topics to be covered include analyzing the types of issues presented; pre-writing issue analysis; response organization; rule articulation; presenting effective argument structure; developing explicit argument based on factual inferences; and writing and editing technique. Because students will not be focusing intensively on a single writing project, this course does not satisfy the Substantial Analytic Writing Requirement.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will have developed and practiced effective legal writing and legal storytelling skills

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Patrick Goodman 21S 393 LEC 1 TR 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM 2.0 No No
  Prerequisite: 3L J.D. students only. Application required to enroll; deadline: Noon on 11/6/20.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2021 LEC 1
Emanuel and Walton. Strategies & Tactics for the MBE (Multistate Bar Exam)  7th ed.  
ISBN: 9781543805727. Wolters Kluwer. REQUIRED $97.95