PA 2222: Legal Writing And Analysis

Course Title: Legal Writing and Analysis
Course Number: PA 2222
Credits: 3 semester credits
Prerequisites: C or better in PA 2220 – Legal Research and ENG 1108.
Recommendations: It is strongly recommended that students should complete ENG 1111 or 1114 prior to taking this course.
Catalog Description: Provides the student with experience in the development of analytical writing skills in the preparation of case and trial briefs, legal memoranda, investigative summaries, and general legal correspondence.
Course Objectives/ Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to:

  • Conduct legal analysis; use proper grammatical and legal vocabulary; and understand the unique form and style of writing required in the legal field through the preparation of legal documents, memoranda, letters and/or briefs.
  • Interpret and analyze court opinions, and understand the legal system and its terminology.
  • Identify parties, theories, key facts and issues in a legal case.
  • Cite legal research in legal writing.
  • Draft and rewrite letters, memoranda and other selected documents.
  • Create, organize and evaluate legal documents, memoranda, letters, and briefs through one-on-one analysis and evaluation from the paralegal faculty.
  • Recall, interpret and analyze the basic rules of legal professional responsibility, ethics and confidentiality as it relates to legal writing.
Topics Covered:
  1. Introduction (1 hour)
  2. Legal Analysis Review (1 hours)
  3. Methods of Organizing Research Results (1 hour)
  4. Demand and Opinion Letters (3 hours)
  5. Framing Legal Issues (1 hour)
  6. Use of Legal Sources in Supporting and Distinguishing Arguments (2 hours)
  7. Office Memorandum (3 hours)
  8. Trial Court Memorandum (and Project) (18 hours)
  9. Appellate Briefs (and Project) (12 hours)
  10. Legal Drafting (3 hours)
  11. Ethics (3 hours)

Total Semester Hours: 48.0

Course Focus: To provide the student with experience in the development of analytical writing skills through the preparation of legal documents, memoranda, letters, and briefs.
Outcomes Measures: The student may complete letters, documents, briefs, assignments, projects, and/or exam(s). Students will complete multiple rewrites of memorandums and appellate briefs. The student may also apply the controlling law on issue(s) to specific facts in a case problem to arrive at well-supported legal conclusion(s).

Numerical grading may be used. The final grade will be a full letter grade A-F.