Legal Writing: Mastering the fundamentals
Good lawyers know the law. Great lawyers know the law and how to put it to work for their clients and employers.
Mitchell Hamline’s required first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication (LARC) courses teach skills foundational to understanding the law and representing clients effectively and responsibly. In LARC I, taken during the first semester, students learn to identify legal issues in a fact pattern, perform legal research, analyze statutes and cases, predict the probable outcome of a legal dispute, and communicate their legal analysis orally and in writing. In LARC II, taken during the second semester, students refine their research skills, learn the fundamentals of oral and written advocacy, and deepen their ability to communicate with diverse audiences. During both semesters, faculty provide frequent oral and written feedback and multiple opportunities for individual and team conferences.