Friday, September 28, 2012
New legal "skills" scholarship: "Legal Education's Perfect Storm: Law Students' Poor Writing and Legal Analysis Skills Collide with Dismal Employment Prospects, Creating the Urgent Need to Reconfigure the First-Year Curriculum"
This article is by Professor James Etienne Viator (Loyola, N.O.), published at 61 Cath. U. L. Rev. 735 (2012) and available at SSRN here. From the abstract:
This article addresses concerns about the quality of legal education, specifically law schools’ perceived failure in teaching legal writing and critical thinking skills. The solution suggested is, instead of teaching rhetoric or legal reasoning as a separate course (or integrated with a school’s legal research and writing course), for law schools to adopt the Iowa model of integrating the teaching of these skills into first-year substantive courses.