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PARLGL-106-60749 - Legal Analysis and Writing - Judith M. Sack

Course:Legal Analysis and Writing
Professor:Judith M. Sack
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Reader within a head

Many folks believe that the heart of lawyering is communication and the legal field has its own communication system to do so.  Legal writing incorporates all of the elements of lawyering.   

Legal writing takes many forms. To be effective in the legal field, we must be flexible, adaptable, and competent.  There are common, fundamental skills that are applied across all forms of legal writing.  Similarly, purpose and audience will determine how the paralegal may best deploy those writing skills in each situation.  

The pandemic has enlarged the number and type of interactions we engage in, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. The legal system of communication is applied in every exchange. It demands preparation, supporting research, critical analysis, strategy, and application. 

This course is designed for students to develop and perfect their skills as legal writers and thinkers so that each one may enjoy their role in the larger legal community.

Course Description

Course Description

Legal Research and Writing examines the processes of analysis and writing found within the legal profession, including preparation of legal memoranda.


What to Expect in this Course

What to Expect in this Course

This course is designed to maximize our time together online-live, through online discussions and activities, assignments, peer reviews, and individual course projects.


Types of Assessments

Types of Assessments

Graded components of this course include weekly assignments, discussions, participation in class activities, peer reviews, and individual written work.

Students will use numerous online research tools and resources.  Copies of standard texts on the legal system of citation such as ALWD Guide to Legal Citation or The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation may be helpful but are not required.  

Textbook Information


Putman & Albright Legal Research, Analysis and Writing (4th Edition 2018).

Note this is the same text used for the legal research course.  Obtaining  used copies of the 4th edition is encouraged.


Other Relevant Course Information

Other Relevant Course Information

There will be weekly, virtual office hours and meetings by appointment.  Students are encouraged to reach out at any time to the Professor and each other.  We learn best when we learn together.

More detailed information will be available in the Canvas course shell once the term begins. 

Additional Resources


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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 12/26/2021 Sub#: 1195