The course requirements, relevant assignments and readings are outlined in the material that follows on this page.
CLEAR & EFFECTIVE LEGAL WRITING, Third Edition by Charrow, Erhardt and Charrow
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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.
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
NOVEMBER 30 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
DECEMBER 7 RESEARCH AND REVIEW
DECEMBER 14 FINAL EXAMS / CIVIL MEMORANDUM OF LAW DUE***
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.