Nashville School of Law


Legal Skills & Values I

This course starts the process of developing the legal research and writing skills necessary in the law profession. These skills are taught in conjunction with development of the broad professional knowledge and demeanor expected of a lawyer. The course incorporates an overview of the American legal system, primary sources, secondary sources, and various legal research methods, with emphasis on electronic research and materials. The course’s approach to legal writing emphasizes clear writing and sound structure as assignments progress in complexity from professional correspondence to persuasive memos. Students will learn how to use standard legal citation to incorporate statutory and case law research into office memoranda and a motion. Students will also learn how to draft advice letters and write effective essays.


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Glenn R. Funk, Christopher Hugan, Honorable Patricia J. Cottrell, Anne Passino


First Year