Spring Semester Workshops

Spring 2015


Study Strategies for Understanding Torts

All law classes are not the same. There are specific study strategies that work better for certain classes. This workshop will give an overview of the Law of Torts and suggest useful study strategies. It will give participants tips on how to organize course materials in order to better understand important legal rules.

Study Strategies for Understanding Property Law

Property is loaded with lots of legal concepts and the sheer volume can be daunting. In this workshop, we will explore study strategies for understanding property law. We will explore the “big picture” and discuss useful study strategies. 

Participants will get tips on how to organize course materials in order to better understand important legal rules, as well as get a head start on exam prep.

Study Strategies for Understanding Criminal Procedure

Criminal Procedure is all about the constitutional rights and protections of an individual charged with a crime. It focuses on how, when, where and against whom the State may bring criminal charges within the constraints of the law to safeguard against arbitrary application of criminal codes. 

The presentation will give an overview of the different stages of criminal procedure, study tips for getting the most out of classroom discussions, and how to organize course materials with finals in mind.

Study Strategies for Understanding Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law concepts are heavily coded. To understand such concepts, students must not only learn to decode, but they must also acquire the scope of the subject as well as gain a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of the “coded-concepts”. This workshop will provide an overview of Constitutional Law and help participants gain the insight necessary to organize course materials in an efficient manner. “Coded-concepts” will be decoded so students can understand classroom discussions at the deeper level required of a Constitutional Law student.

Appellate Brief Writing (for Moot Court)

Writing an appellate brief is a big deal for the parties involved: one party (the appellant) wants reversal of the ruling of the lower court, and the other party (the appellee) wants the ruling affirmed. The appellate brief presents a unique advocacy opportunity to craft arguments to address the specific issues raised on appeals.

This presentation will give a general overview of appellate brief writing, discuss the dos and don'ts of writing an effective appellate brief, and provide concrete tips for moving smoothly through the writing process: from outlining to editing final draft.

Study Strategies for Understanding Business Organizations I

The law of business organizations is concerned with how different types of business entities are formed, structured, and operated within the provisions of relevant rules and regulations. Beyond these, there are ethical and public policy considerations that inform business practices.

The presentation will give a quick overview of different kinds of business associations and suggested study tips for staying abreast of classroom discussions. We will also look at the best strategies to adopt for outlining course materials and doing well on the final exam.

Study Strategies for Understanding Legislation

Legislation is about the process and techniques of statutory and regulatory interpretation. Unlike most of your other law courses, you will not learn the doctrine of any specific type of law in this class. Instead, you will learn the theory and practice of interpretation. This presentation will give you an overview of class, highlight how and why the class differs from most law classes, and suggest study tips for mastering the course contents.

Study Strategies for Understanding International Law

Taking a class on International Law will feel very different from taking traditional law classes because it does not dwell primarily on case law. It is a class designed to shed light on how countries (States) “play together” or not, on world stage. A global understanding of the rules governing international relations is required. This workshop will give practical study guidelines on how to understand the scope, the sources, and the practice of international law, and how to prepare for finals. 

Write-On Process for Law Journals: What to Expect

Each time you commit to anything, it is always good to learn the details of what you have signed up for: what are the rules of engagement? To successfully "write-on" to any law journals, you should get an overview of the process and thoroughly understand the components of the competition.This presentation is the first of three workshops designed to help you get ready and be well equipped for the "write-on" competition. We will discuss in comprehensive details what to expect and how to prepare for what you are expecting. 

Blue-booking for Law Journals and Beyond

**Please bring your blue-book with you**

One of the most challenging aspects of writing a scholarly essay is the required comprehensive and standardized citations. This presentation will address how to cite legal materials taken from different sources. Special focus will be placed on aspects of legal citation that are most frequently tested during the write-on process.

Writing Advice for the Law Journal Competition

Are you preparing to enter the write-on competition for one of UW’s law journals? If so, plan to attend this presentation on how to write for a law journal. Professor Weigold will cover the goals, format, and style of law journal writing. She will also suggest some strategies for success in the competition. Topics will include organizing, writing, and editing your submission.



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