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Spring 2013 - Writing for the Court

Smith, Bea Ann

Credit Hours: 2 (Pass/Fail)  Course ID: 279M  Unique # 29210

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
T3:45 - 5:35 pmJON 5.208
Exam Type  Date Time      Name Range Regular Room Extegrity Room
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Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
Course - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this course can be accessed on the web: http://www.utexas.edu/law/sao/academics/apps.html.
** This course meets the Professional Skills requirement for graduation.

Description
The goal of this course is to help prepare students to do the sort of writing judges expect of their clerks and,that future employers expect of their lawyers.  Students will be exposed to actual court documents and will use them to draft memos, opinions, orders, and other written products.  There will be weekly writing assignments and weekly edits of one's own writing.  The assignments will not involve lengthy research projects.  The focus will be on improving legal writing.  The instructor will work with students to improve their editing skills as well.  There will also be a focus on statutory interpretation.  If at all possible, we will sit in on a local trial and visit with the trial judge.

While this course is open to all upperclass students, it will be of particular value to second-year students who are seeking judicial clerkships and wish to improve their chances with sitting judges.  For this reason, they must have grade points that make them likely candidates for a clerkship. 

Students must apply to be accepted into the class by completing a short written application found
here.

Graded:  pass/fail.  2 credits.

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