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Legal Writing

LSP 280W

Legal Writing

LSP 280W

Course Description

Prerequisite: ENG 111 (or OAT 151), and LSP 110W, LSP 115, LSP 120; all with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0). Develops techniques for presentation of technical material in formal and informal written reports, letters, or other current forms of business communication in a legal context. (22.5-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Produce legal compositions.

Objectives:

  • Consider audience and purpose.
  • Plan writing processes, using effective strategies and techniques.
  • Include a clear articulation of the important ideas.
  • Select, organize, and present details to support a main idea.
  • Demonstrate the ability to move between generalization and detail.
  • Write effective introductions and conclusions.
  • Employ the appropriate writing conventions.

Demonstrate interpersonal skills.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the ability to derive meaning from a piece of writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between the meaning one makes of a text and the author's intended meaning.
  • Interpret reading and writing tasks in such a way as to invest them with personal significance, thereby creating ways to make reading and writing vital activities in a lifetime of learning.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Understand the relationship among language, knowledge, and power.

Work with others, both in and out of the classroom.

Objectives:

  • Reflect upon and assess one's own work as well as the work of others.
  • Show willingness to work with others, seeking help where necessary and offering help where it is sought.