Law Assignment on International Law – Memorandum

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Please read the instructions carefully. Due Date: The paper must be turned in at the beginning of the final class session . Failure to strictly adhere to this due date or the other directions below will result in a substantial lowering of your grade. 2. Format: For purpose of this assignment, you are to assume that you are the judicial clerk to Judge Paul Williams of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. The judge has asked you to submit an 8-page memorandum, typed double spaced (12 point Times Roman font with one inch margins), analyzing the legal issues and sub-issues that are raised by the Plaintiff’s Complaint and Defendant’s Reply, and attachments thereto, which appear below. Headings and Subheadings are to be single spaced in bold. Although all the documents are fictional, in doing this assignment, you are to assume that the facts are true. 3. Identification: Put your Fall Semester Exam ID number (available from the Registrar), not your name, at the top of the first page of the memo. If you are an LLM student or an Exchange Student, you need to indicate that next to your Exam ID number. 4. Authorities: You are to prepare your memorandum using the reading material covered during the semester. This is a closed universe assignment, meaning you are only permitted to use and cite the assigned reading materials referred to in the Syllabus. You should cite to the relevant authorities contained in the reading materials. You may also cite authorities that appeared within one of the assigned articles, book chapters, or cases. Cites must be in the body of the text, not as footnotes. Cites do not have to be in full blue book form (e.g., the following would be sufficient: Alvarez-Machain at 156, or Torture Convention, Art. VI). While you should use your lecture notes in formulating your analysis, you should cite only to written authorities in the memo. I may randomly run papers through “Turn-it-in” to ensure there are no incidents of plagiarism. 5. Plagiarism: See the Student Handbook for Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Standards. Your assignment is subject to these standards. 6. Questions: You are encouraged to ask general questions about the assignment in class during the semester, but you are not to discuss this assignment with anyone outside of our class sessions until after you have handed in your assignment. As a limited exception to this rule, LLM and Exchange students may discuss the assignment with writing tutors and use the University Writing Center to help with grammar. 7. Grade Calculation: This assignment counts for 60 points of your total (100 points) grade in this course. Your grade on the assignment will be based on four factors: (a) Your ability to correctly identify and analyze the many legal issues and sub-issues that the problem raises. Discussion of clearly non-relevant issues and non-relevant authorities will negatively affect your grade. (b) The quality of your analysis with respect to the legal issues. Be sure to weave in the facts throughout, and cite to the paragraph numbers of the Complaint, Reply, and their attachments. Don’t just recite what the Plaintiff and Defense will argue; analyze which arguments are more compelling and why. (The style in which some students merely write: “The Plaintiff will argue…. The Defendant will argue ….” is not a sophisticated writing technique and will not result in a high grade.) A better approach is to set forth the weaker argument on each issue, and then explain why it’s not likely to prevail. (c) Your ability to employ the legal authorities (treaties, statutes, cases, articles, etc.) which we have covered in this course. (d) How well the memo is written — organization (be sure to use headings and subheadings), style, grammar, and absence of typos. I suggest that you organize your memo in the order of issues identified in the Defendant’s Reply Brief. Headings should be single space in bold. Skip a line after headings. In contrast to standard memo format, you should not include an introductory statement of facts or short answer; just go right into the analysis section.