Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Law students are often surprised by the amount of time it takes just to type out the front pages of an appellate brief. I ask them to draft and hand in those pages a week before they start drafting the actual argument sections of their apppellate briefs, so they can focus on getting the mechanical details of the front pages right. For example, they have to set up the Table of Contents and the Table of Authorities, even though they do not have all the information yet needed to complete those tables. And so, this Dilbert cartoon seems particularly apropos.