Gonzaga University School of Law

The Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Legal Research and Writing III – This fall-semester course focuses on litigation-oriented persuasive writing, including both pre-trial and appellate briefs. Students work on a series of increasingly complex research and writing projects to increase their skills while learning persuasive organization and the use of persuasive rhetoric in support of a hypothetical client’s position.

Legal Research and Writing IV – This spring-semester course focuses on transactional drafting in a variety of contexts. Students work on a series of assignments that require the production of particular transactional documents. Students will learn to understand a client’s position regarding a transaction, the desired or negotiated outcome, and the use of precise language within a document to achieve the proper outcome.