Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Does the Bar Know What Legal Writing Profs Teach?

Recently, I attended a statewide bar association meeting where I heard a well meaning high official in the association explain how important it is to teach Legal Writing in law school. However, it became clear that he thought that our teaching focused exclusively on matters like placing the apostrophes in the right place.

This leads me to wonder how well connected we are with the practicing bar. To be sure, some bars are well connected with us. On the other hand, my bar is pretty enlightened, but apparently still does not have a good understanding of what we do. I might note that I counted all of two law professors (including me) at this large gathering. Serious outreach needs to be placed on the agenda.



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