Instructor(s): Ashley Barnes

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7058HF.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

Attendance is mandatory. One unjustified absence will require students to prepare an additional assignment. Two unjustified absences will result in a failing grade. Justified absences are those accepted under our accommodations policy and, whenever possible, requested in advance of the class.

Canadian Legal Methods and Writing will meet two hours a week for six of the first eight weeks of the Fall term. The purpose of this course is to familiarize international students with North American legal academic culture. Students will continue the study of the Canadian legal system and methods of legal analysis, addressing topics such as specific conventions for legal analysis in the common law setting, statutory interpretation norms, critical thinking and writing. The course will also address the Faculty’s requirements and expectations for legal academic writing, such as papers, exams, and theses. Students will focus on how to analyze the legal effect of cases and statutes, how to apply doctrine and statutory provisions to facts; and essential techniques, including doctrinal synthesis. Students will receive individual feedback on exercises and legal writing.

Evaluation
In addition to several ungraded exercises, students will draft a legal argument (1,250 – 1,500 words) and a revision thereof. Credit/no credit.

At a Glance

First Term
Credits
1
Hours
2

Enrolment

Maximum
24
21 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U
3 JD/Exchange Student

Schedule

T: 4:10 - 6:00