MVV73K Legal Writing, USA-Style

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. Leslie Burton (lecturer), Mgr. Kateřina Uhlířová, Ph.D., LL.M. (deputy)
Mgr. Kateřina Uhlířová, Ph.D., LL.M.
Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Supplier department: Faculty of Law
Mon 23. 10. 16:40–18:10 025, 18:15–19:45 025, Tue 24. 10. 9:35–11:05 025, 11:10–12:40 025, Wed 25. 10. 13:30–15:00 025, 15:05–16:35 025
good knowledge of English
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 34/30, only registered: 14/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The primary goals for this course are:
1. To develop students’ ability to analyze legal issues.
2. To develop students’ ability to present written analysis in a predictive office memorandum.
3. To develop students’ ability to present written analysis in a persuasive document.
To attain these goals, our classes will focus on specific skills you must develop to become proficient in legal reasoning and writing. These class objectives include learning to:
1. Analyze facts;
2. Analyze diverse sources of law to arrive at a rule;
3. How to apply the rule to specific facts in a predictive memo;
4. How to write a persuasive trial-level document; and
5. The style, tone and diction of legal writing
  • Class One: Objective Writing I
  • • Introduction
  • • Reading cases
  • • Interpreting cases
  • • Working with cases
  • • Briefing cases
  • Class Two: Objective Writing II
  • • Types of Precedent
  • • Hierarchy of Authority
  • • Predictive writing
  • • IRAC (also known as IREAAC) structure
  • • Structure of an Office Memorandum
  • • The Process of Writing
  • • Analogizing and distinguishing cases
  • Class Three: Persuasive Writing I
  • • Differences between objective and persuasive writing
  • • Theme & theory in a persuasive document
  • • Parts of a Persuasive Document
  • • Point Headings
  • Class Four: Persuasive Writing II
  • • Considering your audience
  • • Process
  • • Outlining
  • • First drafts
  • • Later drafts
  • • Final draft
  • Literature and study materials will be provided by the teacher
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion
Assessment methods
short written essay
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
Teacher's information
Legal Writing is a two-part course designed to introduce and develop skills of legal analysis, USA-style. The two parts are Objective Writing and Persuasive Writing. The course will enable students to develop a legal analysis, to present that analysis in predictive office memoranda, and to persuade the court of the correctness of that argument in a court memorandum.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011.
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