LST 509 Legal Writing


This course will familiarize students in the process of conducting legal research and preparing memoranda and briefs which include legal citations, primary and secondary sources of law, statutes, legal treatises, periodicals, and annotated law reports.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to perform legal research and preparing memoranda and briefs which include legal citations, primary and secondary sources of law, statutes, legal treatises, periodicals, and annotated law reports.
  • Understand what clear legal writing means.
  • Recognize the need for legal clarity in different types of legal documents.
  • Differentiate between written and oral advice.
  • Classify which words and phrases have been judicially defined.
  • Apply general rules for drafting text in plain English.
  • Recognize and apply the rules of interpretation.
  • Dispense and deal with the pitfalls and issues relating to the use of legal jargon.