Students meet one-on-one with their professors several times over the course of the year and can expect detailed and frequent feedback on their work. Professor Bonny Tavares has written a book on legal research; her scholarship interests include legal writing pedagogy and appellate advocacy.
Professor Kathryn Stanchi has published and spoken extensively on both legal pedagogy and persuasion. A contracts lawyer will argue that your drafted provisions are not legal. Developed by Professor Robin Nilon, a Ph. Faculty members lecture frequently to diverse audiences, including many law schools, bar associations, and law firms, as well as other national associations such as the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and the Association of American Law Schools.
In litigation, the opposing side will use the law to prove the opposing point.
Professor Margolis is a national expert on policy arguments in legal briefs, as well as an emerging expert on the changing face of legal research.
To use this online book effectively, read the text, click on sample pages, and perform the interactive exercises and quizzes to make sure that you understand the material before you go to class.
If you choose a legal profession in which you do not practice the law directly for instance, teachingyou will need to research the law to prepare for your classes or to publish scholarly articles in your field. Here, you will learn how to use the various commercial online platforms, such as Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, as well as free sites and print books.
The Research Strategies chapter teaches you strategies for finding the law and covers general strategies for research as well as strategies for specific sources.
Temple also recognizes that technology has greatly expanded the array of research tools, and so fully integrates print, electronic, and open source research methods in the course. Here, you will need to research the applicable law to argue the case on behalf of your clients.
To do so, you will need to ground your arguments in the law with clear legal analysis. It also covers professionalism so that you will be prepared when you enter the legal workforce.
These links are updated twice a year to ensure they are up-to-date. In these situations, you will need to find the law to answer their questions and provide advice. In addition, it explains techniques for statutory interpretation and case analysis and then illustrates how to construct legal analysis in a thorough and logical fashion.
Each section discusses the formal requirements of that particular legal document and provides multiple annotated samples. Clients will also come to you with pre-existing legal problems. Legal Writing Regardless of the type of profession you choose in the law, remember that the legal audience is a doubting audience.
The Research Sources chapter provides an introduction to legal research and the American legal system. This gives Temple students a solid foundation of critical lawyering skills, enabling them to confront their first jobs with confidence.
They might ask whether they can perform some action such as purchase another company or build on a particular piece of land. Legal Research You will need strong legal research skills no matter what type of legal profession you choose. In the spring, the focus is on persuasion, including oral advocacy.
They also publish in other areas, including education law, employment law, evidence, and feminist legal theory.
Each section provides the rules for these citation manuals as well as examples, tricks, interactive quizzes and self-assessments so that you can learn to easily navigate the manuals and present accurate citation in your writing.
Writing Center, which provides additional feedback for students who need it. Grammar and Citation The Grammar book provides legal usage and grammar rules and includes quizzes and a self-assessment so that you can learn the nuances of legal grammar in an engaging and interactive interface. The Legal Analysis chapter provides material on the types of legal rules you will encounter, explains the various forms of rhetoric, and discusses jurisprudence and the art of crafting policy arguments.
If you become a practicing attorney, clients will ask you for advice. Temple has a rigorous writing requirement, mandating 10 credits of writing for graduation, including two writing-intensive upper-level courses.
Students receive their first client problem on the first day of class and start researching and writing immediately. Rounding out the curriculum is a seminar designed to teach U.
The Writing Process chapter provides techniques for creating a deliberate and efficient process, focusing on writing and rewriting techniques. The interactive features of the book help to explain the material, provide immediate feedback, and allow you to link directly to research sources and annotated samples instead of simply reading about them in a static textbook.
Four Temple students and one recent graduate have recently received Burton Legal Writing Awards for outstanding legal writing. A legal scholar will argue that your theories are irreconcilable with other legal positions.
It was among the first law schools in the nation to design its research and writing curriculum around the client problem and to teach through the problem solving method.It is divided into three sections—Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Grammar & Citation—and contains study aid material, quizzes, self-assessments, annotated samples, video testimonials, and other interactive material to teach students legal research strategies and writing techniques.
A. Legal Analysis and Legal Research The key to success in researching legal issues is realizing that research is a process.
4 You cannot memorize a million cases, and you are not looking for a. Temple’s approach to teaching research and writing is innovative and its curriculum serves as a model for many other schools.
One of the key facets of Temple’s first year course is the integrated teaching of research, analysis and writing. Legal writing is more difficult not because the subject matter is more complex than medicine or science or abstract philosophical thought, but rather because of the nature of its audience.
The former approach focuses on the end-product, and development of writing skills can be achieved through the imitation of input, and in the form of texts provided by the teacher (Badger & White.
Research Center for Educational Innovation and Development. Language: An Integrated Approach to Reading and Writing, and Literacy and teaching reading and writing skills by involving learners in the creation of lesson activities and learning materials.
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