Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Advice for law students: find a writing mentor

A recent article by legal writing expert Bryan Garner advises law students to find good writing mentors.  That’s what Garner himself did as a new lawyer, although partly by luck. His mentor was an appellate lawyer who emphasized strong writing and careful word choice. Garner quotes part of the lawyer’s brief on a difficult appeal—which he won, of course. Garner reports still being influenced by his now-deceased mentor's advice. He urges law students not to trust luck to provide a mentor: instead, “Go find one.”  See Bryan A. Garner, Finding Good Writing Mentors, 39 Student Lawyer 20 (Jan. 2011).

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I am looking for a mentor. I have not yet started law school or applied and I am seeking a GREAT mentor to help and show me the ropes.... Thanks please reply back!!

Posted by: Jessica Livingston | May 4, 2011 6:20:35 PM

I am looking for a mentor, first year law student , WITS UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH AFRICA , thanks and hoping to hear from you.

Kind regards

Posted by: zane soundy | Jul 28, 2011 2:56:42 AM

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