Monday, September 1, 2008
The abstracts below arrived in today's e-mail, courtesy of LWI and SSRN:
"Training Field Supervisors to Be Efficient and Effective Critics of Student Writing"
BERNADETTE FEELEY, Suffolk University Law School
Most externship clinicians encourage field supervisors to provide students guidance and feedback about their written work. Yet most field supervisors are not trained educators, are not exposed to literature and pedagogy in the legal writing field, and have limited time to help students improve their writing. This article first examines roadblocks to meaningful supervision of student writing projects. This article then provides 10 techniques that externship clinicians can provide to their field supervisors to help them become more effective critics of student writing.
"Legal Writing, Professionalism, and Legal Ethics"
EDWIN S. FRUEHWALD, Hofstra University - School of Law
This article discusses how to teach professional ethics within a first-year legal writing course. We can teach ethics in legal writing without taking attention away from our basic mission of teaching legal skills by integrating ethics into everything we do and by serving as examples for our students. This paper will discuss teaching legal ethics on orientation. It will then examine legal ethics in structuring the course and setting an example. Finally, it will cover legal ethics in legal research, objective legal writing, and persuasive legal writing respectively.
"Practice Writing: Responding to the Needs of the Bench and Bar in First Year Writing Programs"
AMY VORENBERG & MARGARET SOVA MCCABE, Franklin Pierce Law Center
Do first year legal writing programs really prepare law students for the rigors of practice writing? This article begins to answer this question based on attorney and judge survey results, as well as interviews with judges who had also read student work in preparation for their interview. We found that while legal writing programs do provide a good foundation for legal writing skills, improvement can be made. Important changes that we have made at Pierce Law include shorter, more frequent assignments, variation/flexibility in choice of organizational paradigm, understanding the difference between settled and unsettled areas of law, and increased emphasis on grammar, punctuation, and style.