Legal Analysis and Writing

Legal Analysis and Writing

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Course Hours: 
225
Price: 
$1,200.00
Course Type: 
Mentor Supported
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Our Legal Analysis and Writing course provides you with an in-depth look into legal principles and effective methods for legal writing. This course will help you learn how to analyze statutes, identify core issues and key facts, and how to apply case law to various situations. A comprehensive look into the fundamentals of legal writing, such as how to structure sentences, how to dissect court briefings, and how to properly address official correspondence is also provided.

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the basic anatomy of a statute and how to read a case
  • Recognize how to uncover key facts and identify legal issues
  • Define counter-analysis and how to properly state legal issues
  • Recall the fundamentals of effective legal writing
  • Identify proper etiquette and techniques for drafting office legal memoranda and correspondence

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 1
Introduction to Legal Principles and Legal Analysis

  • Sources of Law
  • Hierarchy of the Law
  • Authority
  • Ethics – Internet Research
  • Legal Analysis Process
  • Preliminary Research
  • IRAC Analysis
  • Ethics – Intellectual Honesty 

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 2
Statutory Analysis and Case Law

  • Anatomy of a Statute
  • Scope and Definition
  • Substantive Provisions
  • Statutory Analysis: The Process
  • Court Opinions: Importance and Sources
  • Court Opinions: Briefing
  • How to Read a Case

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 3
Key Facts and Issue Identification    

  • Irrelevant Facts
  • Background Facts
  • Key Facts: Definition and Types
  • Key Facts: Identification: Client’s Case
  • Determine the Key Facts
  • Assemble the Issue
  • Issue Identification: Case Law

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 4
Case Law Application: Stating the Issue

  • Shorthand/Broad Statement of Issue
  • Comprehensive/Narrow Statement of Issue
  • Law Component
  • Question Component
  • Ethics: Objectively Stating the Issue
  • On Point: Importance
  • Determining Whether a Case is on Point

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 5
Counteranalysis and Effective Legal Writing

  • Counteranalysis: Why, When and Where?
  • Counteranalysis Techniques
  • Importance of Writing Skills
  • Goal of Legal Writing
  • Legal Writing Process
  • Prewriting
  • Postwriting

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 6
Fundamentals of Writing

  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Word Selection and Usage
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Prewriting Stage
  • Sections of the Office Memorandum
  • Heading
  • Statement of Assignment

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 7
Office Legal Memorandum and Court Briefs

  • Analysis Format
  • Application of Rule of Law to Client’s Case
  • Counteranalysis
  • Similarities: Court Briefs and Office Memoranda
  • Trial Court Briefs
  • Appellate Court Briefs

Legal Analysis and Writing Module 8
Correspondence

  • Letterhead
  • Closing
  • Signatures and Title
  • Format Style
  • Types of Correspondence
  • Information Letter
  • Opinion Letter
  • Demand/Advocacy Letter

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of our Legal Analysis and Writing course, students will be prepared, in part, to sit for the NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) certification exam to become a Certified Paralegal (CP). MUST fulfill additional requirements per NALA to sit for the exam.

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player