Course description

This course is designed for law students students considering law school or writers who wish to improve their analytical writing. It is based on the assumption that good legal writing communicates well-considered ideas clearly concisely and accurately. Students use the elements of good writing to construct legal arguments to argue from precedent and principle and to use facts effectively. They draft a variety of basic legal documents that may include a case brief a complaint an answer an opinion letter a legal memorandum and a statute. Course materials may be based on contemporary social issues drawing on the areas of constitutional due process criminal law domestic relations law and the right to privacy.


  • Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs, Boston College Law School

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

  • Harvard Summer School

Enroll now.
Take course