The Law Simulation Series: Legal Writing

The Law Simulation Series: Legal Writing is part of a series of simulated, experiential learning environments designed to provide students with an interactive law office environment suitable for the development and refinement of competencies needed for the real-world legal workplace.

Learn more about the Law Simulation Series and view a demo video at www.aspenlaw.com/experience.

Working as an intern at the Anytown, USA law firm of Murphy, Miller & Dorn the student will be assigned a variety of drafting tasks relating to five litigation client files. Assigned work is part of a supplied Task List that is designed to first indoctrinate and then challenge the student. The simulation provides a realistic environment in which the student will become a proficient writer and develop a professional writing style suitable for use in any legal venue.

The instructor may follow the Task List directly, which will simulate approximately 15-20 hours of work, or customize the assignments by selecting only those client files and/or tasks that relate to the course material. The instructor may also supplement the work by uploading additional tasks, sample forms, and documents.

During his days at the office, the student will encounter avatars of a law partner, the office manager, a paralegal and an administrative assistant who will guide the student’s work. Through audio and video files the student will participate in the representation of clients and learn directly from other law office personnel how to draft a variety of legal documents that range from business correspondence to complex court motions. Audio and video files will be available to the student for replay in order to reinforce lessons. In addition, the student will also have access to the firm’s policies and procedures manual and an extensive form bank of the law office’s administrative forms and sample documents.

In order to monitor the student’s work product and provide learning and feedback, conferences with the instructor (referred to in the simulation as the “Supervising Attorney”) are included in the task timeline. The flexibility and multiple uses of the simulation allow for those conference times to be one-on-one, by email, or during class time as an entire class works within the law office environment. An instructor resource center includes rubric/grading guides, links to additional teaching resources and supplemental assignments and projects that can be used to customize the student’s daily assignments.

Among the skills The Law Simulation Series: Legal Writing will develop and refine are:

  • Ability to read and understand legal documents
  • Ability to analyze and conceptualize legal issues
  • Ability to structure legal arguments and documents
  • Ability to locate, evaluate and utilize print and electronic sources of law in the preparation of legal memoranda and court documents.
  • Development of a writing style which conveys legal theory in a clear and concise manner
  • Understanding of the rules of ethics and professional responsibility as they apply to the preparation and maintenance of legal documents.
  • Ability to use technology in the preparation and maintenance of legal documents

 

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