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Writing for Practice (Gowen)

Spring 2023   LAW 543-001  

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Gayle Gowen

Legal Practice Skills Senior Lecturer; Director, Moot Court and LLM Practice Skills

Additional Information
Experiential Course


Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills:

15% Participation,
70% Paper,
15% Other (Editing and feedback exercise where students provide feedback on prior work; simulated supervisor meetings where students discuss legal analyses they have prepared with a supervisor and a group of colleagues.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
R 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Tanenbaum Hall 253



This quarter-long, advanced writing course is taught in a seminar format, and it builds on the research, writing, and editing skills taught in the first-year Legal Practice Skills course. The course uses a series of shorter research, analysis, and writing assignments to teach three essential lawyering skills for junior-level litigators: (1) the nuts and bolts of distilling complex research and analysis into a short, substantive email; (2) how to work with primary documents, court filings, and research results to identify legal issues, frame an argument effectively, and think strategically on the client’s behalf; and (3) how to organize complex research results and succinctly present work in face-to-face meetings. Students will be graded on three short writing assignments, one in-person presentation, and their overall class participation/professionalism. In addition to written feedback on each writing assignment, students will receive feedback at individual conferences. Students will complete writing and editing assignments both inside and out of class. Because of the participatory nature of the course, class attendance is essential.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.