Wednesday, March 10, 2010

U. of Texas faculty to consider expanding legal writing curriculum

Earlier this week, we ran a couple of stories (here and here) about University of Texas students who are complaining about the lack of legal writing classes in UT's curriculum.  Today, Above the Law is reporting that according to a "tipster," the UT faculty will soon be voting on a proposal to double the number of credit hours devoted to legal writing.  ATL quotes its source as saying:

With respect the nature of the proposal before the University this week, the faculty will be voting on a proposed change to the legal writing curriculum that will outright double the number of credit hours devoted to legal writing. There will also be upper-division writing classes available to remedy anyone lacking writing courses. In short, every problem raised by the article will be addressed in full.

POST-SCRIPT - I RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM UT'S LEGAL WRITING DIRECTOR:

The  post on LRW Prof Blog gives the impression that the proposed change to the Texas legal-writing program is being considered in response to the student complaints raised in a recently published editorial in the campus newspaper.

But the proposal was prepared by our curriculum committee 18 months ago. The faculty vote on it was scheduled more than a month before the editorial.

We'll keep you posted on any further developments.  In the meantime, you can read ATL's coverage here.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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