Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Right Writing Sample

Do you need to advise students about the writing samples they use for job interviews?  Have them click here for an article on "The Right Writing Sample."  

I published this article in the April 2009 issue of the ABA Student Lawyer Magazine, sharing not only my own observations but those of other legal writing professors.  That list of contributers includes Anne Rector (Emory), Ruth Anne Robbins (Rutgers--Camden), Louis J. Sirico, Jr. (Villanova), Peter Friedman (Case Western Reserve, then visiting at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law), Andrej Thomas Starkis (Massachusetts School of Law), Mary Beth Beazley (Ohio State University); and . . . well, you have a look.  Click here to see the article.

I've heard from a number of students who said that the advice in the article helped them understand what employers are looking for when they ask for a writing sample.  Your students may benefit as well.  And if you'd like to teach them how to download an article from SSRN (also a good idea, so that they can start using that as an additional research tool), have them visit   


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I left my large law firm in 2004, so I am no one to speak to current practices, but are firms asking for writing samples? We did not require writing samples, although some students volunteered them.

Posted by: Doug Richmond | Jan 3, 2011 8:32:09 AM

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