This course provides students with an intensive and advanced research and writing experience. It will prepare students who are interested in pursuing a judicial clerkship, as well as expose students to the advanced legal skills necessary to be a successful attorney. Students will be required to prepare two drafts of at least three written assignments: a bench memorandum, a ruling on a trial motion, and an appellate decision. Students will be required to meet with the professor and discuss their drafts prior to submitting final products. Students will also be required to complete a number of short advanced research exercises. Classroom discussions will cover research and writing strategies, the substantive legal issues the students are addressing, and law clerk ethics and procedures.