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LRAW Research Fall 2024

Course Objectives

Through practice researching and writing in context, with feedback and support along the way, the Legal Research, Analysis & Writing (LRAW) course is designed to achieve the following learning objectives:

To help students learn to perform fundamental legal research, which involves learning to:

  • Understand the U.S. legal system and the hierarchy of authority;
  • Select appropriate sources;
  • Devise and implement efficient research strategies;
  • Critically evaluate, validate, and update retrieved information; and
  • Modify initial research strategies based on preliminary results.

To help students master fundamental legal analysis by learning to:

  • Critically read cases and statutes;
  • Derive and understand legal rules from legal authorities and apply them to new factual situations;
  • Use legal authorities to assess a client’s legal issue, make informed predictions about the legal issue, and support those predictions with logical analytical reasoning; and
  • Identify and construct persuasive legal arguments (spring semester).

To help students effectively communicate their legal analysis by learning to:

  • Correctly apply standard English grammar and punctuation rules, using a clear, concise writing style appropriate to law practice;
  • Correctly construct and use legal citation appropriate for practitioners;
  • Draft a legal prediction in the form of a memorandum of law;
  • Draft a persuasive legal argument in the form of a letter and trial memo (spring); and
  • Editing your own writing effectively.

To help students develop their professional communication and interaction skills by encouraging them to:

  • Actively engage in personal and professional self-assessment;
  • Work professionally and productively in individual and collaborative environments;
  • Demonstrate respect to all members of the Law School community, including yourself, your classmates, faculty members, members of the Law School staff, and visitors to our campus;
  • Foster and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships; and
  • Efficiently manage your time and effectively managing your responsibilities.