Monday, September 15, 2008

Does doctrinal coursework in law school undermine the efforts of legal writing professors?

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In a recent article in the Journal of Legal Education, Professor Jamison Wilcox of Quinnipiac University School of Law suggests that even if students learn to write well during their first year of law school, all the work of their legal writing professors may be "undone" in the second and third years as students become immersed once again in the intractable language of judicial opinions, legislation and court rules.  See Jamison Wilcox, Teaching Legal Drafting Effectively and Efficiently - By Dispensing with the Myths, 57 J. Legal Edu. 448, 451 (2007) (available on Lexis and Westlaw).

It's an interesting contributing theory to the complaint that despite effective legal writing instruction in students' first year of law school, they don't graduate with sufficiently developed writing skills. 

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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