Professor Scott England
B.A. 1995, Truman State University
J.D. 1998, Northwestern University
Member of the Illinois bar
Scott England, who was a visiting lecturer in UNM’s Legal Analysis and Communication Program during the 2013-14 academic year, was hired for a permanent position with the legal writing team. Before arriving at UNM, England was a member of the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he taught legal writing and legislative drafting. In 2010, England received the Black Law Students Association’s annual teaching award.
Before he began his teaching career, England helped draft a proposed criminal code for Illinois as a staff attorney for the Illinois Criminal Code Rewrite and Reform Commission. He also worked as a litigation associate at Chicago’s Hopkins & Sutter, focusing mostly on public utility law, municipal law, and insurance insolvency law.
England received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a John Henry Wigmore Scholar and an associate articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.
Elements of Legal Argumentation I (ELA-I)
ELA-I is the foundational legal analysis and communication course. In the context of a problem solving approach to legal writing students learn how to do the information gathering, pre-thinking and argument development that are essential to good legal communication. Students learn to identify legal issues presented by specific fact situations. They are given an overview of collecting relevant information, including an introduction to legal research. Students learn how to connect this information as they analyze a legal problem in preparation for writing both predictive and persuasive documents. Students learn how to determine relevant legal rules and apply those rules to specific facts to arrive at a reasonable conclusion in a specific case. Students practice organizing the information and their analysis into a logical and coherent structured proof of their conclusion and then effectively presenting the proof in a specific written or oral format to a specific audience. Students also learn to perfect the mechanics of their documents as they learn techniques for effective revising and editing. Assignments include short in class and out of class information gathering, pre-writing, writing and oral communication exercises as well as lengthier writing assignments. In addition, students are introduced to client communications and legal drafting.
Elements of Legal Argumentation II (ELA II)
The second semester ELA-2 course continues the study and practice of legal reasoning and communication that was begun in ELA-1. Students will have the opportunity to use their basic understanding of the core concepts and tools learned in ELA-1 as they complete a variety of both oral and written presentations. Focus is on argumentation and rhetoric as the means to building strong and persuasive documents and presentations. Students continue to practice the process of legal writing as they research, analyze, organize, write and revise litigation and other practice related documents. The primary context for the work done in ELA-2 involves writing briefs to a specific court. In addition to writing complete briefs, students will complete several smaller assignments focusing on specific skills related to strong argumentation and development of legal proofs. Students will also give several oral arguments and presentations in class throughout the semester. Additionally, students will be introduced to the role of ADR in client representation and will begin to learn about court and ethical rules related to brief writing and client representation.
Elements of Legal Argumentation III (ELA III)
This course is designed to review and further develop legal analysis and communication skills introduced in ELA I and II. Students will improve their existing skills in identifying, researching, and analyzing legal issues. Students will build on their skills in explaining the governing legal rules, describing how courts have applied the rules, and then logically applying the rules to the cl ient’s situation. Students will also learn to present professional written work as they learn new techniques for effective writing, citing, revising, and editing. The course is well suited for students who would like to revisit some of the core writing and reasoning concepts from ELA I and II.
ELA I and II are prerequisites. Students are encouraged to take Legal Research before or with ELA III.