Course Description

This course covers legal writing methods and techniques used in a typical law office building on the skills introduced in Legal Research & Writing Analysis I. The aim is to assist students in producing law office memoranda and correspondence, to learn how to do predictive writing, and to develop skills in legal analysis, organization, drafting, revision, and citation. Students examine the process of legal analysis, as well as how that analysis is communicated in written form. Students learn techniques for editing and revising their work to make it concise and clear, and produce both persuasive and objective legal documents.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of the American legal system
  • Analyze basic legal rules
  • Prepare a client letter, a law office memorandum, and a persuasive document using an expected structure and format
  • Give an oral presentation
  • Understand and apply the principles of writing in plain English
  • Use proper citation form using the Bluebook


Legal Research & Writing Analysis I or consent of instructor



Certification Disclosure: In California an individual may qualify to hold one’s self out as a paralegal in one of several ways including earning a certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association. (Calif. Bus. & Prof. Code §6450(c)(1).) The Paralegal Professional Certificate program offered by UCSB PaCe satisfies the requirements of California law in this regard.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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