Advanced Legal Writing

Section 65510

  • Note: For a D-Clearance application or more information, email Professor Antonio Elefano at This course centers on current cases and oral arguments going before the California Supreme Court. In teams, students argue the very same cases, draft appellate briefs and conduct mock oral arguments, prior to the class visiting the California Supreme Court and watching the actual oral arguments live. The final writing project of the semester is an opinion for the cases theyve seen, written as if they were the justices. In addition, USC also collaborates with Southwestern Law School for their Southwestern Amicus Project. WRIT 440 students research a United States case of public importance for which they believe Southwestern should write an amicus (friend of the court) brief. They then present their recommendation at Southwestern to a panel of law professors.
  • Session Dates (session code 001)
    First day of classes:
    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Last day to add:
    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Last day to drop without a mark of "W" and receive a refund:
    Friday, January 31, 2020
    Last day to withdraw without a “W” on transcript or change pass/no pass to letter grade:
    Friday, April 24, 2020
    Last day to drop with a mark of "W":
    Friday, May 1, 2020
    End of session:
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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