Course Content and Outcome Guide for PL 128
- Course Number:
- PL 128
- Course Title:
- Legal Correspondence and Forms
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Course DescriptionCovers basic forms of legal writing generally required of a paralegal in a general law practice. Uses writing techniques and tools common to internal law office communications as well as communicating techniques between lawyer and client. Prerequisites: WR 121, 122: PL 101, PL 102. Prerequisite/concurrent: PL 203. Audit available.
Addendum to Course DescriptionAn elective satisfying the requirements of either a Legal Assistant Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Course Activities and DesignLectures with class discussion. Students may be required to prepare and participate in discussions of particular subjects. Also requires
extensive reading and weekly writing assignments (in and/or out of class).
Outcome Assessment StrategiesGrades will be based upon student performance on writing assignments, and possibly a final exam, designed to measure mastery of competencies listed below.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)Identify following elements in case opinions: parties, their
objectives and theories, procedural posture, holdings, dictum, and
* Write grammatically and clearly using techniques such as
parallelism, positive phrasing and active voice to strengthen your
* Utilize techniques of fact comparison, rule of law comparison,
primary and secondary authority, and legislative history to give
your arguments legal support.
* Understand the content and form distinctions amongst different
types of legal writing so as to produce professionally acceptable
examples of legal letters, legal memos, etc.