Judicial Opinion Writing
About This Class
This seminar explores the opinion-writing process from theoretical and practical perspectives. Class readings, discussions, and written assignments will encourage students to critically examine models of case resolution as articulated and applied by prominent jurists and theorists in their opinions and extra-judicial writings. Class assignments will encourage students to begin to develop their own case resolution models by asking them to draft opinions, bench memos, and judicial research memoranda based on the briefs and records in previously litigated state and federal cases. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a judicial law clerk at the trial and appellate levels, particularly as they relate to assisting judges in formulating their written opinions. While designed especially for students who will be working as judicial interns or law clerks, this course is appropriate for any student interested in studying the practical application of the tools necessary for successful judicial opinion writing.