Judicial Opinion Writing Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0962

Designed for students who are interested in practicing appellate law, including those who would like to intern or clerk for a judge, this workshop focuses on the art of judicial opinion writing. The course will provide a general overview of the following topics: the role of judicial law clerks; the role and function of judicial opinions in our legal system; the judicial decision-making process and the different types of judicial opinions; the structure and anatomy of judicial opinions; and the style and rhetoric of judicial opinions. Against the backdrop of these topics, each student will then be required to prepare a draft judicial opinion after reviewing appellate briefs that have been submitted in an actual case. *Please note that students cannot take both this course and the Appellate Practice Workshop during the same semester.