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Writing Assignment

There are three written assignments in this course. Please consult the syllabus and the D2L calendar for deadlines and assignment weight. You will be permitted to drop one writing assignment. Before beginning the first assignment, please read the following for guidance:

1.

CONTENT

a. Your paper will be graded for proper grammar. Do not start your paper with “I am going to discuss”. Every student in this class has access to Grammarly. Make sure you use it. Proofread your paper and have a friend or family member proofread your paper.

Review your paper for:

organization (clarity, logic), grammar, spelling, avoid run on sentences and fragments, avoid usage of passive voice, and be sure to capitalize proper nouns.

b. Each writing assignment must be typed, double spaced, and use size 12 font with 1” margins and at least 800 words for the content alone. All paragraphs should be in a justified format. This word requirement does not include your citation to the source(s).

c. You may use a block format or, you may indent. If you choose to ident, the first line of each paragraph must be indented by 0.5”. The paper must be submitted through the D2L dropbox feature.

d. All work needs to be your own. Answer in your own words.
Do not copy and paste from the case and do not use quotes. I do not expect you to be lawyers but do expect you to really dig in to facilitate valuable growth in critical thinking and communication skills. This may be challenging at first but stick with it! It can be very rewarding to see your case analysis skills and legal terminology improve over the semester!

e. Originality Check and Word Count is enabled for each assignment. No quotes allowed. The entire writing assignment must be in your own words. The plagiarism software will be turned on so NO QUOTES, NO COPYING AT ALL. You can check your own originality count. If you do not know how to do that, contact the MTSU Help Desk online (24/7) or at 1-615/898-5345.

2.

CASE BRIEFING AND ANALYSIS

I understand that you are not attorneys. However, I do want you to be able to learn how to structure an analysis of a case. Each writing assignment will include a case “briefing” to structure your analysis. You will then be called upon to apply that case to a fact pattern. Your case briefing should use the following format:

Case Name

LEGAL

COGNIZANCE

1. What are the facts?

Your boss heard about this case but does not know the details. Describe the case to him or her. Address the following:

· What are the key facts?

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