789.01 Writing: Federal Litigation

This writing and experiential course will provide students with the opportunity to practice several different types of persuasive writing used in federal litigation. The students will work on a hypothetical case involving an employment discrimination matter. The students will follow the case from the administrative agency level, to the filing of a complaint in federal court, through the discovery process, and culminating in the filing and arguing of a motion for summary judgment. In addition to writing, the students will have the opportunity to interview a client and a witness and to practice their oral advocacy skills in a mock meeting with a partner and a mock hearing. This course will be useful for anyone interested in practicing in federal court and/or pursuing a federal clerkship at the trial court level.

Fall 2022

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Simulated Writing, Litigation
Reflective Writing
Oral presentation
Practical exercises
In-class exercise
Class participation
Melissa Hanson
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-789-01-F22
Email list: LAW-789-01-F22@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice