Friday, December 21, 2012
Like many other professors, I have my students turn in their papers electronically. The email allows me to see that the students have submitted their papers on time. I can see if they have used the grammar and style checking programs on their computers. I can print out multiple copies if I need to (such as for in-class editing exercises).
And for the last two semesters, I've added something new -- the "email cover memo."
Instead of an email saying something like "here's my paper, prof," I have students do an "email cover memo" to summarize the findings of their legal memo. Having done it now for two semesters, I can say that it the results have been good. It gives the students another writing opportunity. It allows them to share information about their research that they might not include in the memorandum itself. And it gives them an idea of how lawyers and others working in a law firm might actually communicate.
I'm sure that many visitors to this blog must have tried something along these lines. Would you mind sharing your experiences in the comments below?