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Legal Writing at ASU Law is an integral part of the curriculum. The curriculum lays the foundation for additional writing experiences including journals and clerkships, and a number of students have won national writing awards. Significant attributes of the Legal Method and Writing program include: being ranked No. 5 by U.S. News and World Report; full-time faculty with more than 150 years of combined teaching experience; first-semester sections limited to 20 or fewer students to permit in-depth instruction and ample individualized feedback; and course offerings that include required first-year courses and diverse elective courses.
The first-year curriculum includes two foundational courses: Legal Method and Writing and Legal Advocacy. In these two courses, students learn and master the following skills: rule synthesis; issue identification; analogical reasoning; organizational paradigms that express legal reasoning; legal writing style; citation format; objective and persuasive legal writing; legal research; and oral presentation.
Furthermore, the research and writing curriculum at ASU Law is designed to ensure practice-ready students as they begin externships, summer jobs, and legal careers. Offerings include the following upper-level courses:
Our graduates have a solid foundation in legal research and writing because they understand the requirements of successful communication in practice.
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