Tuesday, October 10, 2006

recommended reading

Last Friday, I read an article that changed the way I think about teaching legal writing.  Jessica Price has written a piece identifying the orthodox description of a “law-trained reader” that many or most of us use in teaching audience and suggesting that we reconsider this oversimplification.  The article is Price, Jessica, "Imagining the Law-Trained Reader: The Faulty Description of the Audience in Legal Writing Textbooks" (September 8, 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=929108.  Part of the article suggests that by teaching based on an assumption that the audience will be “extraordinarily impatient, aggressively critical, and conservative and formalistic in outlook” we are creating more lawyers like that.

- Professor John Mollenkamp, University of Missouri



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