Duquesne University School of Law

ADVANCED LEGAL WRITING: LAW FIRM SIMULATION, 3 credits

Elective Course
Enrollment Limit:  16
Formerly: ADVANCED LEGAL WRITING: WRITING IN LAW PRACTICE
Prerequisite:  Legal Research & Writing I and II
Satisfies Upper Level Writing requirement OR Professional Skills requirement/Experiential Learning requirement
Fulfills Concentration Elective:  Civil Litigation

Through a substantive assignment vehicle, students will participate in the evolution of a relatively simple civil case and learn the basics of pretrial litigation practice from client intake through negotiation and settlement.  Students will be exposed to the rigors and ethics of law practice and will be required to draft many of the documents routinely encountered by new law firm associates during the pretrial litigation stage (including client letters, initial pleadings, discovery, a motion brief and settlement documents) and, in so doing, will learn the importance of time management through the use of billable hours.  The class will meet once a week for two hours.  The third hour of class each week will be conducted in the “flipped” classroom model, where students will engage in class in an asynchronous online environment that will primarily focus on advanced legal research techniques.  Successful completion of this class may result in completion of the portfolio requirement for the Civil Litigation Concentration and may result in completion of the upper-level writing requirement. 

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