Use Fastcase to find the answers to the questions in the research assignment. Because part of what you need to learn in this class is efficient workflow, do not print out the document and write the answers by hand. Instead, download the document, rename it with a filename that includes your own last name, and type the answers into the document itself. Do not print until you have completed the assignment and are ready to turn it in. We will work on this assignment in class on October 3, and it is due at the beginning of class on October 8.
You can download a guide to Fastcase Legal Research for Paralegals (again, in the interest of efficient workflow, do not print the guide; refer to it on screen using the Table of Contents and search function to find what you need), and tutorials to explaining how to use Fastcase are available at http://www.fastcase.com/video/ In particular, you will need the following tutorials:
As you know, a complaint is the document that starts a civil lawsuit. The pleading standard for a complaint is that it must be a “short, plain statement” of the case that is sufficient to give the defendant notice of what is at stake in the lawsuit. Read the assignment below for a summary of the facts and allegations in the case, and then use the complaint form to create a complaint to be filed in the Circuit Court for Tuscaloosa County. You can also refer to the sample complaint for a general idea of what a complaint should look like. The complaint should make general allegations necessary to satisfy the elements of the claim, but it should not include every fact that will be proved at trial.
In class today, some of you asked about the sources for some of the sentences I used. Many of them came from Grammar Girl’s posts on top ten grammar myths, sentence fragments, and comma splices, as well as grammar Bytes’ fused sentence page.
Since we had some technical difficulties in class today, here’s the whole slide deck:
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Your assignment is to find a posting for a job you’d like to apply for (it does not have to be in Tuscaloosa). Write a cover letter and resume to apply for the job.
Your assignment is due in two parts:
- Two hard copies of your letter and resume are due at the beginning of class on September 11, 2013, along with a copy of the job listing.
- The final draft of your resume and cover letter are due to be submitted to turnitin.com on or before 9:30am on September 18, 2013. Be sure to include a copy of the job posting with your submission.
You can review the slides from yesterday’s class and our discussion of job searches and cover letters here.
Slides from yesterday’s class about job searches and cover letters:
In class Monday, I cited some statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook for 2013, Here’s the full report if you’d like to peruse it further.
The SOAR Institute will be offering the following seminars and help sessions in Room 2358 at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday this fall:
Student Survival Kit:
- Time Management
- Study Tips
- Note Taking
- Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
- Do’s & Don’ts of Communicating with Faculty & Staff
Tuesday, September 3 & Wednesday, September 4
Tuesday, September 10 & Wednesday, September 11
Tuesday, September 17 & Wednesday, September 18
Tuesday, September 24 & Wednesday, September 25
Find Your Balance:
- Test Anxiety
- Stress Management
Tuesday, October 1 & Wednesday, October 2
Tuesday, October 8 & Wednesday, October 9
Tuesday, October 15 & Wednesday, October 16
Tuesday, October 22 & Wednesday, October 23
Tuesday, October 29 & Wednesday, October 30
- Understanding and Conquering Procrastination
- Time Management
Tuesday, November 5 & Wednesday, November 6
Tuesday, November 12 & Wednesday, November 13
Tuesday, November 19 & Wednesday, November 20