808 Advanced Legal Writing, Spring 2011 to Summer 2017

Categories: Law Practice Skills Legal Writing

Advanced Legal Writing

Course Page for Spring 2013 - Kaiser, Aviva

Preparation of legal documents in connection with a real or simulated legal problem. Emphasis on legal problems involving writing experiences different from those gained in Legal Writing I.

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Contract Drafting

Course Page for Spring 2017 - Turner, Andrew

Learn the art and craft of transactional drafting in this highly interactive, practice-focused course. Learn how to address and resolve challenges in business transactions by drafting precise and clear contractual provisions. Most attorneys work with contracts at some point in their careers, and understanding how contracts are negotiated and drafted is critical for both transactional attorneys and commercial litigators. In this course, students will learn to recognize and understand common contractual provisions, structure an effective and elegant agreement, detect drafting landmines, appreciate the functions and nuances of boilerplate language, and negotiate and draft a variety of contract provisions. Grades will be based on assignments, in-class work, and class participation. (Enrollment is limited.)

Learning Outcomes - At the end of this course, you should be able to:
1. Evaluate potential risks in a deal and draft contract provisions that account for those risks.
2. Use appropriate contract language to accurately express a negotiated position between two parties.
3. Edit contract language to proactively resolve potential problems.
4. Structure a contract using accepted principles of good contract design.
5. Critically evaluate contract language proposed by another lawyer in light of your client’s goals.

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Craft and Style

Course Page for Spring 2017 - Weigold, Ursula

Develop and refine your legal writing skills and style in a variety of contexts and documents. Learn how to capture the reader’s attention, organize logically, make tough choices about substance, and edit for maximum impact. Polish your persuasive writing abilities as well. Classes will be hands-on and interactive. Students will evaluate examples of good and bad writing, give and get peer critique, and work in small groups on common writing issues. Students will receive feedback and suggestions for improvement throughout the course. The focus will be on practical methods for achieving clarity, conciseness, precision, and grace. (Enrollment is limited.)

Learning Outcomes - At the end of this course, you will understand how to:
1. Write effectively for different audiences and purposes;
2. Focus the reader’s attention on your most important information;
3. Arrange content logically within a document;
4. Write clearly and concisely at the sentence level;
5. Revise and edit to improve accuracy, word choice, and flow; and
6. Present information persuasively, within the ethical bounds of professional practice.

Drafting & Working with Statutes

Course Page for Spring 2015 - Kreye, Joseph

Being able to read a statute from the drafter’s perspective—and learning how to use statutory language strategically—is important for any practicing attorney, whether the attorney is litigating an issue in court or lobbying for change on behalf of a client. In this hands-on drafting course, students will write, edit, and revise state statutes using the training that the drafting attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau receive. Students will learn about Wisconsin's bill drafting and legislative process, the function of statutes, and the importance of focusing not only on the intent of statutory language but also on its real-world consequences. The class will examine contemporary legal issues and attempt to craft legislative solutions. Instructor: Joseph Kreye (Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau)

Presenting to a Court

Course Page for Spring 2011 - Nowicki, Peggy

Preparation of legal documents in connection with a real or simulated legal problem. Emphasis on legal problems involving writing experiences different from those gained in Legal Writing I.

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Problem Solving

Course Page for Fall 2012 - Kaiser, Aviva

Advanced Legal Writing: Problem Solving: "To a hammer, everything looks like a nail." (Anon.) Lawyers are problem solvers. Reflecting this reality, the MacCrate Report by the American Bar Association placed problem-solving at the very top of the list of the ten fundamental lawyering skills. In fact, every major report or survey about legal education lists problem-solving as a fundamental skill that should be taught in law school. Yet there is little written and very few courses about problem-solving. What is problem-solving? What processes do we use to solve problems? To answer these questions, we will read and evaluate some of the new problem-solving literature. We will create a lawyer’s guide for problem solving. We will then use that guide to solve a problem. We will draft documents to implement the solution, paying close attention to the relationship between problem-solving and writing.

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Reflective Writing

Course Page for Fall 2011 - Kaiser, Aviva

Preparation of legal documents in connection with a real or simulated legal problem. Emphasis on legal problems involving writing experiences different from those gained in Legal Writing I and II.

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Writing for Discovery

Course Page for Spring 2011 - Kasieta, Robert

Preparation of legal documents in connection with a real or simulated legal problem. Emphasis on legal problems involving writing experiences different from those gained in Legal Writing I.

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Writing for Law Practice

Course Page for Fall 2015 - Peterson, Kim

Preparation of legal documents in connection with a real or simulated legal problem. Emphasis on legal problems involving writing experiences different from those gained in Legal Writing I.