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Last updated: 7/9/2008 11:51:08 AM
California Western -- Allison Cato
Courses Taught - Allison D. Cato

   Introduction to Legal Skills          Legal Skills I          Legal Skills II


INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL SKILLS (0 units)
Required one-week course, which students attend during the first week of school (the week before substantive courses begin).  Focuses on teaching students those skills that make the successful law student and ultimately the successful lawyer.  These skills include the structure of the court system, case briefing, rule synthesis, deductive reasoning, analogical reasoning, and issue analysis.  Students will also receive instruction on outlining, exam preparation, use of study aids and study groups, and time management.  No credit, as this course is considered part of Legal Skills I. 
   
LEGAL SKILLS I - Legal Research, Analysis, and Objective Writing (2 units)
Required first trimester course.  An intensive, comprehensive, and practical learning experience.  Focuses on developing the research, analytical, and writing skills necessary to be a successful lawyer in today's world.  Students are introduced to legal research  through use of the major tools available for actual problem research.  Students are also introduced to objective legal writing, including instruction and practice in skills of legal problem analysis and in techniques of clear, concise writings.  Students will research and write at least one interoffice legal memorandum.  Emphasis is on giving students a foundation they can use independently in evaluating and improving their own legal work throughout their careers.   back to top
  
LEGAL SKILLS II - Legal Research, Analysis, Persuasive Writing, and Oral Advocacy (2 units)
Required second trimester course (or third semester for part-time students).  An intensive, comprehensive, and practical learning experience.  Building on the skills learned in Legal Skills I, students will focus on honing and refining their research skills, writing persuasively, and oral advocacy.  At a minimum, students will research and write a memorandum of points and authorities and an appellate brief.  Students will also prepare and engage in oral argument.   back to top


 Full course descriptions are available in PDF format on the J.D. Curriculum page.

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