030233 KU Legal Writing (2020W)
course language EnglishThe course will be carried out in cooperation with the EALT Legal Writing Autumn School at Masaryk University Brno and is expected to be held from 12th to 15th October 2020 in Brno/CZ (subject to corona virus-crisis measures in place that might still affect these planned dates, alternative date: January 2021). In order to complete registration for the class and to prepare for the excursion, presence in the preparatory meeting at Juridicum in Vienna on 08.10.2020 at 17:30 is compulsory (intake of additional students on the waiting list will also take place at this meeting, subject to any remaining free places). Presence throughout the entire class is required. In duly justified cases (collisions with classes in Vienna) the presence requirement can be substituted for one half day by alternative accomplishments. For class materials nad subsistence a financial contribution of participants amounting to CZK 3.750 (approx. 146 EUR) will be due.
- Registration is open from Tu 08.09.2020 00:01 to Th 01.10.2020 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Th 08.10.2020 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Due to the current developments of the COVID19 pandemic, the course cannot take place as planned at the Masaryk University Brno/CZ from 12th to 15th October, 2020. The class will now be held in Vienna and will comprise joint online teaching sessions among partner universities involved. Related new modalities will be presented in detail during the first class session on 8th October, 2020 at 17:30 at SEM33 at the Juridicum. Further planned dates for a first series of online sessions (always at 17:00-18:30) are: 12th (Overview of the US Legal System), 14th (Case Reading and Argumentation), 19th (Analogical Reasoning & Synthesizing Precedent), 21st (Legal Writing: Style & Organization), 26th (Persuasive Writing Techniques), and 28th of October (Problem Solving & Negotiation); 2nd (Mooting Skills), 5th, 9th (Introduction to Academic Legal Writing, part 1 and 2), and 11th (How to Write an Article or a PhD in Law) of November. Additional guiding (potential classroom-)sessions later in the semester will be announced.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
We will assess the output according to the standards of good legal writing, and the individual level of the participant's legal writing tasks (seminar paper, master thesis, doctoral thesis).
John B. Thornton, U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers, LexisNexis: New Providence/San Francisco 2014