Legal research and writing are fundamental skills required of practising lawyers in Canada. To help students better prepare for Bar admission we have developed a Legal Research and Writing (LRW) course that provides students with insights and best practices as well as an opportunity to apply their learnings throughout the course.
The LRW course is an eight-week course that consists of two online modules, with a multiple-choice quiz after each module and two assignments that include a research and writing component. Students must complete the first module, Legal Research, Fact Gathering and Case Management before the second module, Written Communications: Legal Writing is released.
Legal Research, Fact Gathering and Case Management
Clients do not come to their lawyer with clearly laid out legal issues. They come to their lawyer with a problem or a goal and expect their lawyer to apply knowledge and judgment to help. To do that, lawyers engage in fact-gathering, legal research, and case management.
These all form part of the process of providing solutions to clients. In this module, you will cover the following topics: fact gathering, legal research, case management and trial preparation in order to effectively solve problems for clients.
Written Communications Skills: Legal Writing
Communication skills are critically important to lawyers in all areas of practice. A poorly written or drafted document is not only a reflection on the competency of the lawyer who created it but may be the foundation for a potential lawsuit. Litigators, too, are judged by the quality of their writing. In this module, you will review the basics of legal writing, and how to write an opinion letter, an advocacy letter, and a retainer agreement.
Registration for the August 2020 offering is now closed.
Course tuition fees
$375 CAD + applicable taxes
August 24, 2020, to October 18, 2020
Students who complete the LRW course, meet the admission requirements for the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP) and subsequently register for PREP will be exempt from the following PREP Foundation Modules:
- Legal Research, Fact Gathering and Case Management
- Written Communication Skills: Legal Writing