NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
LGL 126 - LEGAL WRITING (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Studies proper preparation of various legal documents, including legal memoranda, letters, and pleadings. Involves practical applications. May include case and appellate briefs. Prerequisite ENG 111 or permission of instructor. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course is designed to acquaint the student with basic forms of informative and persuasive legal writing, including casebriefs, memos, pleadings, motions, and briefs in support of motions or appeals.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Successful completion of ENG 111 or the permission of the instructor is a prerequisite. Students should also successfully complete LGL 125 (legal research) or obtain the permission of the instructor before enrolling in this course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

- understand the difference between informative and persuasive legal writing

- recognize various types of legal documents and understand their purposes

- draft legal casebriefs, pleadings, office memoranda and briefs for use in trial and appellate courts

- understand and use correct legal citation form

- understand how precedent is used to support written arguments

- combine legal research and legal writing skills to produce a simple research memo or brief

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED - types of legal writing

- functions of legal documents

- principles of clear legal writing

- citation form

- briefing a case

- informative office memos

- persuasive writing: briefs in support of motions, trial and appellate briefs

- pleadings and interrogatories

- contracts and settlement agreements

EXTRA TOPICS WHICH MAY BE INCLUDED

Students may be asked to draft other types of legal documents, such as wills, deeds, opinion letters, corporate bylaws, or proposed jury instructions.

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