LAW 114

Legal Communication and Analysis

This course introduces students to the practice and theory of legal analysis and communication.  It examines how legal doctrines and rules develop from multiple and intersecting legal sites, including constitutions, judicial decisions, and statutes, within various legal frameworks such as stare decisis and federalism.  Through reading and writing assignments, students will acquire legal analytic skills suitable to various employment settings.  They will practice the strategies by which lawyers and other legal actors identify and analyze the relevant law, then apply it to new legal problems.  They will also learn how to conduct independent legal research, assess the implications of new statutes and decisions, and communicate legal analysis effectively to both lawyers and laypersons.       

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