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Fall 2023

5342 Professional Writing Strategies - SWIFT- 17218

Professor(s): Kenneth Swift (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Practice Skills - (Research and Writing) 

Time: AsynchDistanceEd    Location:  

Course Outline: This course introduces students to the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”), which is a component of the Texas bar examination and the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE). Through this course students will actively employ the MPT skills through multiple assessments and exercises. Students will receive instructive as well as constructive feedback with regard to their individual MPT performance along with numerous strategies to attack the MPT. Students will also be given numerous opportunities to actively self-evaluate their performance to help leverage their ability to independently identify, address, and solve areas of opportunity to improve.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Asynchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. Any assessment for the course, such as a final examination or a mid term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.


This course will be graded.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/8 2-5pm      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Supplemental

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Richard C. Wydick and Amy E. Sloan, Plain English for Lawyers, Carolina Press 6th edition 2019, ISBN: 9781531006990; Alexa Z. Chew and Katie Rose Guest Pryal, The Complete Bar Writer, Carolina Press 2020, ISBN 978-1-5310-1787-3, EISBN 978-1-5310-1788-0. ** Please note that this book comes with a subscription to Core Knowledge for Lawyers ( ).

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