791.01 Judicial Writing


This course is intended to appeal to any student who seeks a judicial clerkship or aspires to be a judge, or who simply wants to learn more about how and why judges write judicial opinions. Students will consider the complexities of being on the bench, including judges' relationships with the public, with lawyers, with other judges, and with their clerks. The students will try their hands at formats and styles unique to clerking or judging, including a bench brief, an analytic paper, and an appellate-court opinion.

Spring 2022

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Simulated Writing, Litigation
Reflective Writing
Oral presentation
In-class exercise
Class participation
Joan Magat
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-791-01-Sp22
Email list: LAW-791-01-Sp22@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice