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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Mar 29, 2021 to May 24, 2021
Apr 08, 2021
Jun 07, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $600.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

This course meets on Mondays between 6pm and 9:15 pm via Zoom on Gauchospace. There is no meeting on May 31 (Memorial Day). There will be a make-up meeting on Thursday April 8. This class meets for a total of 11 times.

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 [LINK: https://ucsantabarbaraextension.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new] 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: 3rd, 2014
ISBN-13: 978133591900
Publisher: Delmar

The Bluebook
Edition: 20th
ISBN-13: 9780692400197
Publisher: Harvard Law Review Assn.

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

No refunds after 4/15/2021