Friday, December 6, 2019

Perspectives - Teaching Legal Research and Writing is seeking articles for the Spring 2020 issue

Do you have a great (or merely good) teaching idea that relates to legal research or writing?  Are you a judge, legal writing specialist working for a law firm, or someone responsible for training recent law grads who has some insight into how new lawyers could improve their writing?  Are you a law librarian working for a firm, court or other public office that has some ideas to share about helping your customers better find legal information?  Those ideas or anything in between could be the acorn from which a mighty article can grow and if you're inclined to write it up, Perspectives: Teaching Research and Writing may be interested in publishing it. We are currently looking for a few good articles for the Spring 2020 issue. Here are further details:

The Fall 2019 issue of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing is in final production with an anticipated publication date of January/February 2020. However, we presently have some spots available for the Spring 2020 issue and thus the Board of Editors is actively seeking articles to fill that volume. So if you’re working on an article idea appropriate for Perspectives (see below), or can develop a good manuscript in the next couple of months, please consider submitting it to us for consideration. There is no formal deadline since we will accept articles on rolling basis but the sooner the better if you’d like it published in the Spring issue.

As you may know, Perspectives is sponsored and distributed free of charge by Thomson Reuters as a service to the LRW community with a subscriber base of nearly 4000+ readers. The most recently published issue from Spring 2019 is available here for your perusal and the coming FAll issue will be equally interesting and with lots of good ideas you take into the classroom. 

The target audience for Perspectives is anyone interested in the teaching of legal research and legal writing, including:

  • Law librarians and law professors, including adjuncts;
  • Attorneys who help associates or interns develop as researchers and writers;
  • Writing specialists at law schools, law firms, courts, and other legal institutions; and
  • Judicial clerks, court librarians or others engaged in teaching the public how to do legal research and related tasks.

In two electronic issues published per year (fall and spring), Perspectives articles explore a broad array of teaching theories, techniques, and tools. Articles are both short—typically between 1,500 and 7,000 words and lightly footnoted. They are highly readable and typically focus on curricular design, goals, teaching methods, and assessments. For example how to:

  • Comment rigorously and encouragingly on student writing;
  • Efficiently research;
  • Collaborate in teaching;
  • Design, create, and manage online teaching modules;
  • Teach using insights from other disciplines;
  • Use technology to enhance learning and teaching; and
  • Engage today's law students, interns, and associates.

To find out more about submitting a manuscript for consideration check the author's guidelines and find submission instructions here.


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