Identify legal sources in various formats and understand how each contributes to legal research, devise a research strategy, and conduct effective, efficient, and thorough research
Identify legal rules and principles from a series of cases, synthesize the individual rules or principles into a complete rule, break the synthesized rule down into its component parts, and explain the relationship between them.
Identify and articulate the reasoning behind a rule and its application as explained within a court opinion.
Identify legal issues and relevant facts from a fact pattern.
Write a Proof
Write a complete and coherent proof of a conclusion of law that gives the reader the conclusion, states the rules that govern that conclusion, explains and analyzes those rules and shows how they operate, and applies them to the facts of your case.
Communicate in “plain English” to avoid legalese, unnecessary jargon, and other styles that call attention to the writing itself or in other ways obscure or detract attention from your meaning.
Properly cite to a legal authority.