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Course Code: LSTD505 Course ID: 4054 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Part two of a two-part graduate level intensive legal writing program is designed to develop students’ research and writing skills. Students will further develop their research, legal analytical, and writing, with emphasis on logical reasoning and clear, concise, and convincing writing. Students will complete several legal writing assignments, which will synthesize research, analytical, and technical writing skills. (Prerequisite: LSTD504 Methods of Legal Research and Writing I)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/2021 - 04/29/2022 05/02/2022 - 06/26/2022 May Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students should expect this course to be rigorous because this is a graduate level course within the Legal Studies degree program. Furthermore, it builds upon the foundations learned in its counterpart: LSTD504, Methods of Legal Research and Writing I. Therefore, students should not enroll in this course without having successfully completed LSTD504, Methods of Legal Research and Writing I. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to demonstrate the following course objectives:

1. Differentiate among the procedural and conceptual steps involved in keeping track of legal research resources and associated reflections;

2. Appraise the merits of research organization;

3. Organize legal research, analysis and writing functions;

4. Analyze the components of the persuasive writing style;

5. Debate when and how best to apply various rhetorical strategies and perspectives in legal academic documents;

6. Communicate persuasively with differing strategies and perspectives;

7. Distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of persuasive writing;

8. Judge the characteristics of persuasive legal writings;

9. Dissect the components of persuasive writings;

10. Examine the characteristics and relationship between the components of objective legal scholarly writing;

11. Appraise the relative merit of your scholarly ideas; and

12. Produce a clear, concise, and thorough legal document distilling the results of the legal research, reasoning, and analysis as they apply to the factual / legal issue presented, and tailored to the correct audience.

Assignments: The best way to learn how to research and write effectively within both legal and academic settings is by directly practicing these new skills. Therefore, this course will heavily concentrate your efforts on the assignments. At the start of each week, you also must review the information posted for that week in the classroom’s Assignments section. (NOTE: some weeks have multiple assignments.) There, you will find the specifics for what to do for that week’s assignment. You will also turn in all written work (other than your discussion forum posts) there in the Assignments tab. Unless you are told otherwise, all written work must be submitted as a single Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx file).

When I grade your written work each week, I will offer you specific feedback about it by returning it to you via the Assignments tabs. I work hard to get your work back to you early in the week because I want you to have the benefit of my feedback as you work on the next week’s assignment. Please read my comments carefully and apply whatever guidance that I might give you in all of your later classwork.

Citation and Reference Style: Citations allow your readers (anybody who might read whatever you write) to efficiently locate the cited source. The only authorized citation and reference style authorized in this course (and all others within the Legal Studies program) is The BlueBook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015).

This book is required for this class, but you do not need to purchase it because you have access to the Bluebook online through the Online Library. Here is the link: http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=https://www.legalbluebook.com. Please be sure to click “Release Seat” when you are finished with the Bluebook, since only 100 students university-wide may use the online Bluebook at any one time. If you have problems accessing the Bluebook, please let me know right away.

Forum Discussions: Your initial post should be made by Thursday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor. The forum grading rubric can be reviewed by clicking on the blue and white box beside the forum entry in the gradebook.

Please note that this is a graduate level course. That means that you have enrolled in this course to both expand your own personal knowledge base and help to enlarge that of the general scholarly community. After all, before long, you will be writing your own capstone / special research or thesis project so as to establish yourself within the legal academic community as both a legal professional and scholar. Use the opportunities provided within this course to help you build the skills necessary to help you achieve such goals.

Lessons: You must review the content of each week’s lesson. Each lesson contains an introduction that identifies the learning objectives, learning activities, and other content that you must absorb. This material, in addition to your assigned readings, is designed to help you along your scholarly path while you are in this course. The weekly lessons are located on the “Lessons” tab at the left side of the classroom and are arranged according to the weekly requirements. You will have continuous access to all lessons throughout the course, so you may access any lesson at any time.

Tests and Quizzes: This course contains no tests or quizzes. Instead, you will demonstrate your acquired knowledge and skills through your professional contributions via both the Forum discussions and written Assignments.

Gradebook: You will be able to review your progress in the course by looking at your grades in the Gradebook. You can find it at the left side of the classroom. You will not have grades for an assignment until after I have completed the grading.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Week 1: Introduction 1.00 %
Forum - Lesser Value 4.00 %
Week 1: How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography 4.00 %
Forums - Higher Value 35.00 %
Week 2: Rhetorical Observations 5.00 %
Week 3: Importance of Trial Court Briefs 5.00 %
Week 4: Practical Learning About Preparing Trial Court Briefs 5.00 %
Week 5: Aligning the Statement of Research Problem and Purpose 5.00 %
Week 6: Aligning Theoretical Framework to the Research Problem and Purpose 5.00 %
Week 7: Explaining the Academic or Legal Significance of Your Research Concept 5.00 %
Week 8: Practical Learning About Formal Research Proposals 5.00 %
Assignments - Lesser Value 25.00 %
Week 1: Annotated Bibliography 5.00 %
Week 2: Opposing Persuasive Arguments 5.00 %
Week 5: Write A Statement of the Problem and a Statement of the Purpose 5.00 %
Week 6: Write a Theoretical Framework Statement 5.00 %
Week 7: Reflect on the Academic or Legal Significance of Your Research Concept 5.00 %
Assignments - Higher Value 20.00 %
Week 3: Trial Court Brief 10.00 %
Week 4: Revise Your Trial Court Brief 10.00 %
Concept Paper Proposal 15.00 %
Week 8: Concept Paper Proposal 15.00 %

Students should expect this course to be rigorous because this is a graduate level course within the Legal Studies degree program. Furthermore, it builds upon the foundations learned in its counterpart: LSTD504, Methods of Legal Research and Writing I. Therefore, students should not enroll in this course without having successfully completed LSTD504, Methods of Legal Research and Writing I. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to demonstrate the following course objectives:

1. Differentiate among the procedural and conceptual steps involved in keeping track of legal research resources and associated reflections;

2. Appraise the merits of research organization;

3. Organize legal research, analysis and writing functions;

4. Analyze the components of the persuasive writing style;

5. Debate when and how best to apply various rhetorical strategies and perspectives in legal academic documents;

6. Communicate persuasively with differing strategies and perspectives;

7. Distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of persuasive writing;

8. Judge the characteristics of persuasive legal writings;

9. Dissect the components of persuasive writings;

10. Examine the characteristics and relationship between the components of objective legal scholarly writing;

11. Appraise the relative merit of your scholarly ideas; and

12. Produce a clear, concise, and thorough legal document distilling the results of the legal research, reasoning, and analysis as they apply to the factual / legal issue presented, and tailored to the correct audience.

Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 21st Ed - Style guide information available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780578666150
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$56.25
 
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.