Judicial Opinion Writing

Law 479



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



The course is effectively an advanced course in constitutional law and enables students to engage in substantial writing and research and to gain useful experience in collegial decision-making. The course requires students to operate in groups of five, each of which will function as a mock Supreme Court. After introducing students to materials on how courts function and stare decisis. Students courts will decide and write opinions in 3 cases every two weeks. The instructor will meet with each Court periodically to discuss its progress and answer any questions they have. All courts will meet together at the beginning of the semester to learn the basic guidelines for the class.

M. Gerhardt

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