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Discussion (1L): What Makes a Great Judicial Opinion?

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Discussion (1L): What Makes a Great Judicial Opinion? (242A): In law school, you will be reading a lot of judicial opinions. Most of the time, you'll be reading them with an eye to their legal holding. In this seminar, you'll be reading them with a different question in mind: What makes one judicial opinion better than another? What is it about certain opinions that leads them to be considered particularly effective or important? When is a judicial opinion "great"? You will read a variety of opinions from different judges and justices, subject areas, perspectives, and time periods, as well as some academic articles about judicial opinions and legal writing. Spoilers: There is no one answer to the title of this seminar. The goal will be to complicate the question and think about the different tools and objectives judges have when they write. Class meets 5:00 PM-7:00 PM on Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31. Elements used in grading: Full attendance, reading of assigned materials, and active participation.

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Discussion (1L): What Makes a Great Judicial Opinion? | LAW 242A Section 01 Class #31907

  • 1 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • 2023-2024 Autumn
    Schedule No Longer Available
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent
    • 1L: Mandatory (First-Year Required Course)
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
    • LO7 - Professional Skills

Notes: Class meets 5:00 PM-7:00 PM on Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31. Meeting location TBA by instructor.

  • 2023-2024 Autumn
    Schedule No Longer Available
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