Writing for the Court (2 credits)

The primary focus of this course is on preparing the students to do the kind of writing expected of appellate court law clerks.  Students will work with actual appellate briefs and appellate record documents, including trial-level pleadings and transcripts.  Criminal and civil cases will be used.  There will be weekly writing assignments, which may require students to conduct legal research.  The weekly assignments will assist students in producing a fully-researched and analyzed bench memorandum recommending a case disposition to the court.  It is expected the written product will be of sufficient quality to be used as a writing sample when applying for court clerkships or other employment.  During the semester, students will have the opportunity to hear from current law clerks and to attend oral arguments at the First District Court of Appeal. Prerequisites: None