Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Advanced Legal Writing

545 | 2.0 credits


This course explores the art of legal writing in a small class setting, enabling students to hone skills developed in their first year legal research and writing class, including legal analysis, organization, rhetorical strategies and writing style. Students will learn to conceive of their writing process from outlining to rewriting as a series of strategic decisions. While emphasis is placed on well-written legal documents, students will read short fiction, essays and journalism to enhance their critical analysis of writing and use of language. The course's goal is to further develop the legal writing skills necessary to function competently and confidently as a lawyer.


Legal Analysis, Writing & Skills I (LAWS I) and Legal Analysis, Writing & Skills II (LAWS II)