Legal Writing Specialist Certificate Program

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: MYCAA-L-WRIT
Program Duration: 6 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

For those students looking toward law school or who are interested in the paralegal profession, this program offers an incredibly useful and realistic look into the actual work that lawyers and legal professionals do every day. Using a problem-solving approach, students will use the tools and techniques introduced to represent a fictional client and provide the clients with legal advice. Students will learn essential skills of successful lawyers, including researching legal authorities, applying the law to a clients situation, and communicating that analysis both in writing and verbally.

This program is designed to provide students with a solid working knowledge of the tools available in law libraries, including both state and federal primary and secondary materials. Students will find, analyze, and solve problems in the legal world. In addition, students will adapt the research material into legal memoranda, briefs and other useful work product while communicating the results in a competent and ethical manner.

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Course Description

The Legal Research and Writing course is designed to introduce students to legal thought, writing styles and research methods used in the profession every day. Students will be introduced to various methods used to solve clients problems by using effective research techniques, accurate and in-depth legal analysis, and the clear and concise written and oral communication that are paramount to the legal profession. As these skills can only improve with a great deal of practice, this course offers the foundation from which students can build on these skills for years to come.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

Summarize research practices used by a paralegal

Analyze ethical issues related to research

Describe the main products of legal research

Analyze the facts in a case

Classify legal research sources

Differentiate mandatory authority from persuasive authority

Research enacted law

Analyze enacted law

Research case law

Analyze case law

Use secondary sources as part of legal research

Compare researched cases with client cases

Validate case law using a citator

Apply professional writing styles appropriate for legal communication

Write a case brief

Write an internal memorandum of law

Prepare other legal documents

Use Microsoft Office

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