Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
10-110-105 021238 Legal Writing
Outline of Instruction

Course Information
Description10-110-105 LEGAL WRITING ...process writing; writing fundamentals; proofreading; in-house documents; legal correspondence; analytical writing; synthesizing cases/authorities; briefing cases; legal memoranda; persuasive writing; drafting pleadings, motions, legal briefs; drafting discovery documents. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-110-101, Paralegal Intro/Legal Ethics with a "C" or better; 10-110-104, Legal Research)
Total Credits3
Prior Learning Assessments
  1. Portfolio
Course Competencies
  1. Demonstrate process writing techniques to analyze purpose, audience, and tone of specific types of legal documents.
  2. Use proper wording, punctuation and grammar.
  3. Critique documents and the learner’s own documents with respect to process writing, writing fundamentals, citation form and applicable persuasive writing techniques.
  4. Organize writing into analytical form: issue, rule, application, conclusion.
  5. Synthesize cases and statutes into issue-driven legal rules.
  6. Form judgments concerning the meaning and applicability of a particular court decision using appropriate case briefing format.
  7. Compose a legal memorandum using proper format, organization and synthesis of legal authorities.
  8. Develop various types of persuasive writing techniques to emphasize strengths and de-emphasize weaknesses, both factual and legal.
  9. Describe persuasive writing techniques when drafting persuasive pleadings, discovery documents, motions and briefs.