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Syllabus for Legal Writing PAR 251

The course requirements, relevant assignments and readings are outlined in the material that follows on this page.

BOOKS OBJECTIVES POLICIES
ASSIGNMENTS GRADES  


Required Books

CLEAR & EFFECTIVE LEGAL WRITING, Third Edition by Charrow, Erhardt and Charrow

 This text is available at the College Bookstore. You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person. 

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to address the style and techniques of legal writing. Practice in drawing pleadings, agreements, contracts, deeds, mortgages, wills trial briefs and memorandum will be covered. 

Drafting a Bill of Complaint 

Preparing interrogatories

Drafting a contractual agreement 

Drafting  a criminal memorandum of law 

Drafting a civil memorandum of law                                                                                                       


Course Policies

 This is a distance learning course. As such, participants have a great amount of flexibility in completing the course. Persons enrolled in this section must complete all course requirements as outlined in the following section.  The due dates listed below are firm; it is the responsibility of the course participant to schedule, complete and submit required course assignments on time.

Likewise, participants are responsible for scheduling and completing the course chapters, the relevant reading for the course and understanding of associated exercises and tools. Material must be completed and submitted on time.   A final grade will be issued at the end of the term on the date required by the College.

Assignments

You are required to read the appropriate chapters in as indicated. I suggest that you complete the readings and study as outlined below in order to master each topic in a progressive fashion.

 

AUGUST 31 INTRODUCTION

 

SEPTEMBER 7 WRITING WITH PRECISION (CHAPTERS 1-4, & 10)

PREPARING A BILL OF COMPLAINT

 

SEPTEMBER 14 CONCISENESS, SIMPLICITY, AND CLARITY (CHAPTERS 5-6) DISTRICT COURT PLEADINGS

 

SEPTEMBER 21 RESEARCH

SEPTEMBER 28 MOTIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE (CHAPTER7-8)

REVIEW OF CIVIL PLEADINGS AND PRACTICE

 

OCTOBER 5 FORCEFULNESS AND ORGANIZATION (CHAPTERS 9-10)

INTERROGATORIES AND COLLABORATIVE WRITING

 

OCTOBER 12 RESEARCH AND REVIEW OF SENTENCE STRUCTURE

CRIMINAL MEMORANDUM ASSIGNED

BILL OF COMPLAINT DUE***

OCTOBER 19 DECISIONS AND RESOLUTIONS OF ADMINISTRATIVE BODIES

COLLABORATIVE WRITING AND SENTENCE STRUCTURE

ASSIGNMENT DUE ***

OCTOBER 26 MEMORANDA AND BRIEFS (CHAPTERS 11 & 12)

CIVIL MEMORANDUM ASSIGNED

NOVEMBER 2 RESEARCH AND REVIEW

 

NOVEMBER 9 MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS

CRIMINAL MEMORANDUM OF LAW DUE***

 

NOVEMBER 16 REVIEW OF CRIMINAL MEMORANDUM

NOVEMBER 23 WILLS AND ESTATES

PROBATE PAPERS

 

NOVEMBER 30 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

DECEMBER 7 RESEARCH AND REVIEW

DECEMBER 14 FINAL EXAMS / CIVIL MEMORANDUM OF LAW DUE***

 

 

Grades 

There are five (5) written graded assignments to be turned in on specific due dates. These assignments are designed to evaluate whether you have learned how to perform tasks that will be asked of a paralegal in a legal office. Some of these assignments may require additional research in a law library or require the use of additional texts or form books to assist you in preparing the assignments. It is hoped these written assignments will be interesting and something that you can save and use in your future endeavors in the paralegal field. They are each worth 20% of your final grade.

          A = 90 and above; B = 80 - 89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; E = 59 and below.