030233 KU Legal Writing

2 Stunde(n), 3,0 ECTS credits, Blocklehrveranstaltung

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch

max. 15 Teilnehmer*innen


Lehrende / r:

Mag. Jürgen BUSCH / Mag. Mag. Dr. Florian HEINDLER



Montag 30.09.2019, 17.00 - 18.30, SEM31


14.10.2019 bis 17.10.2019 in BRNO/Tschechien


Dienstag, 12.11.2019, 17:00 - 18:30 - SEM33

Anmeldung via U:Space

Anmeldung von SO, 1.9.2019 bis MO, 30.9.2019

Abmeldung bis FR, 11.10.2019

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Students will acquire basic legal writing and research skills. The course focuses on legal writing from a comparative legal perspective and offers an introduction to the US legal system. It will consist of the following topics:
(i) legal writing;
(ii) reading cases globally; briefing a case;
(iii) argumentation and presentation skills;
(iv) organization of sources:
(v) appellate writing;
(vi) finding the necessary information in books, journals, and case law;
(vii) citation skills: making correct citations, and avoiding copyright infringements (plagiarism);
(viii) find important information;
(ix) formal rules and structures for writing legal documents, seminar papers, and final papers.

Interactive class sessions in a highly international environment will stimulate active discussions and exchange between students and instructors. Presentations and basic input by the lecturers will accompany group exercises and presentations in class.

The course will take place within the framework of the Legal Writing Autumn School held at the Masaryk University Brno. The Autumn School is organized by the European Academy of Legal Theory (EALT), the Masaryk University of Brno, and the University of Vienna. Its teaching staff is from different jurisdictions (USA, Sweden, and Austria).

We will have a preparatory at Juridicum in Vienna on 30 September 2019 at 5 pm. The Autumn School will be in Brno from 14 October 2019 to 17 October 2019. Attendance during the Autumn School is compulsory. Students who do not show up during the preparatory meeting will be admitted if free places are available.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

We will base the grading on the quality of the active participation during the class modules (quality of ad hoc group discussion results and their presentation during and in classes) and on a written paper (summary of writing skill exercises carried out and/or explained in class) that you have  to submit after the end of the class sessions.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students should be advanced in their undergraduate law studies and going to prepare a seminar paper/master thesis or enrolled in a doctoral, Ph.D., or post-graduate master program.
We will assess the output according to the standards of good legal writing, and the individual level of the participant's legal writing tasks (seminar paper, master thesis, doctoral thesis).


The evaluation of the student's performance will be based on the content of the class sessions.


Christoph Konrath (ed.), SchreibGuide Jus, 4th edition, Manz: Vienna 2018
John B. Thornton, U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers, LexisNexis: New Providence/San Francisco  2014