Quiz: Various Types of Legal Writing
: Text, Chpt. 20-21 AND Legal Writing in a Nutshell: Chpt. 9.
Duke Law School's upper-level advanced legal writing courses provide students with opportunities to hone further the legal writing skills taught in the first year. These courses are geared to specific subject-matter or legal writing settings, taught by the writing faculty in small seminars, and include substantial feedback to students on their written products. Some of these courses also involve continued instruction in legal research.
, a brochure from the Legal Writing Institute.
Learning to write like a lawyer is perhaps the greatest challenge of legal education. The writing faculty support Duke Law students in all of their writing endeavors, helping them to develop and perfect the skills necessary to produce top-quality legal writing.
Marilyn conducts in-house CLE workshops in legal writing and editing at law firms and at corporate and government legal offices. A workshop or seminar can be included in your new lawyer orientation program or your annual retreat. Legal writing training programs for CLE associations are also available. At , Raymond Ward posted about law schools that use aspiring young legal scholars to teach legal writing. I posted the following comment.
Yes, a few law schools still do this. It is not so much an initiation for the fellows to pass through. It's more like this:
Gosh, here we have aspiring young legal scholars. It sure would be great if our law school could help them get started in academia; then we'd be known as a feeder school for young legal scholars. But these folks are young and inexperienced. What can we have them do to justify a salary while their main focus is writing that first article, networking, and defining their scholarly interests? I know. They can teach legal writing!Of course, these fellows are smart, and most probably teach legal writing. But there are three main problems:
I once applied for a job as director of legal writing, and in one interview a professor told me he wanted to start a fellows program like the one described here. He asked me what I thought. I swallowed hard and said "It's a good way to develop young scholars, but it's not a good way to teach legal writing."
For an insider's view of exactly what the post and my comment are talking about, read this article:
Ilhyung Lee, , 39 Santa Clara L. Rev. 473 (1999).
My abstract of the article:
Story of a job as a legal-writing instructor for one year. This author had practiced law and was trying to enter legal academia. The job was in a "fellows" program, and the author did get a faculty appointment at another school after one year. As a fellow, the author had 75 students. Particular points: overwhelmed by the work load, especially critiquing papers; a bit surprised at the disdain for the subject of legal writing. Upon getting a doctrinal job, was told "welcome to the academy." But remembers thinking, "I thought I was in the academy already." No. It was only legal writing.