BASICS OF LEGAL WRITING
Course Description: This upper-level course will introduce the rigors of legal writing to undergraduate and graduate students. The course will give students practical knowledge of the skill set required to successfully apply to and matriculate through law school. The process involves the integration of grammar and mechanics and the technical aspects of legal writing—the result being that students will have a more realistic view of the writing utilized in the legal profession. In an effort to illustrate the connectivity of fundamental writing skills to legal writing, the course will move the students through completing a LSAT writing sample, writing a personal statement for a law school application, and thereafter, completing some first-year law school legal writing assignments, while emphasizing the importance of proper grammar and mechanics.
Section 1 – Monday / Wednesday 9:00am – 10:15am
(*) Section 2- Tuesday / Thursday 11: 35am – 12:50pm
Section 3 – Monday / Wednesday 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Section 4 – Monday / Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:15pm
INTRO TO LAW & THE LEGAL PROCESS
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the materials covered in the first year of law school. The introductory materials will focus on the meaning of law, sources of law, and the structure of the American legal system. The remainder of the course will introduce students to legal principles from the five basic courses covered in the first year of law school: Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Property, and other areas of the law. The course will conclude with oral arguments and a review and discussion of materials on the ethical and professional responsibility of lawyers.
(*) Section 3 – Tuesday / Thursday 2:30pm – 3:45pm
Both classes will be taught online. Though students need not be in a particular classroom together during class time, they must all be connected to the internet and logged on at the same time. Each class is interactive and students will have an opportunity to engage with their colleagues and professor.
(*) Classes will be held at designated campus ( ECSU, FSU, NCAT, NCCU, WSSU)
In order to participate in any NCCU Law Distance Education Course, students MUST possess the following equipment:
- A desktop or laptop computer with webcam. Computers MUST have broadband connection with minimum speeds of 768kbs, upload and download capability. Wireless connections are not recommended.
- All students must download the appropriate Polycom CMA desktop application
software for Mac or PCs.
- Click on this link for CMA desktop software: Instructions: Download Instructions PC: Download CMA Software for the PC Mac: Download CMA Software for the Mac
- All students are responsible for obtaining their log-in credentials through the
MyLaw intranet portal. (mylaw.nccu.edu) If you do not have a MyLaw login, please contact Edward Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All students are required to test their connection prior to the beginning of the course. You may schedule your connectivity test up to 2 weeks before the start of class. Click on the link to schedule a test: Schedule Computer Test.
- Students who do not establish satisfactory connectivity for the course will not be allowed to participate in the program.
- All students are required to attend the MANDATORY ORIENTATION SESSION. The date of the session will be posted prior to the start of the course.
- All students are required to review the Netiquette video. The video offers a quick review of expectations for classroom attendance, behavior, dress code; etc. review video