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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

Prerequisites

Legal Research & Writing Analysis I or consent of instructor

 

Notes

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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Type
Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Sep 26, 2022 to Oct 24, 2022
Campus
Web-based Instruction
Type
Online
Days
Th
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Nov 03, 2022
Campus
Web-based Instruction
Type
Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Nov 07, 2022 to Dec 05, 2022
Campus
Web-based Instruction
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
36.0
Location
  • Web-based Instruction
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $620.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

This course meets on Mondays (September 26 to December 6, 2022) between 6pm and 9:15 pm via Zoom on Gauchospace. This class meets for a total of 11 times. Please note, there is no class meeting on Halloween, Monday, October 31, 2022. The holiday make-up date is Thursday, November 3rd.

The class will run at the posted times via Zoom.  A link to the Zoom meeting room and additional course materials will be posted to the course page in Gauchospace two weeks before the class start date

If you have enrolled within 48 hours from the first session, please contact PaCE Support to ensure that you are able to access Gauchospace.

Students are required to purchase the following textbook(s) prior to the first class meeting:

Legal Research Analysis and Writing
Author(s): Putnam and Albright
Edition: 4th, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1305948372
Publisher: Delmar

Please order textbooks from the bookseller of your choice. Be sure to order the correct ISBN and textbook edition.

No refunds after 10/16/2022