PRSP 371

Legal Reasoning and Writing

2 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 1, 1999 – December 17, 2018

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

A William Mitchell College of Law course, this course covers basic legal reasoning, the logical process used in legal thought and analysis. This course includes some basic writing and exercises to demonstrate new analytical skills. This course is a preview of the legal writing program that most law students must take in their first year. Corequisite: PRSP 370 The American Legal System.

Special information

Note: Text will be available at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Learning outcomes


  • Describe different legal structures (public and private) at multiple levels (local, state, federal).
  • Identify selected specific legal practice areas and areas of the law (i.e. employment, criminal, tort, i.p.).
  • Legal research, writing, analysis, and application of fundamentals.
  • Obtain practical knowledge and understanding for legal application to everyday situations.
  • Understand foundational principles of law of land use and the Constitutional Structure.