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Legal Method and Writing

Legal Method and 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. 3 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:

  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Litigation Practice
  • Advanced Persuasion and Creative Advocacy
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiating
  • Indian Legal Research
  • Intensive Legal Research and Writing
  • International Legal Research
  • Writing for Judicial Clerks
  • Writing for Law Practice

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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