Monday, December 9, 2019
Here is an important article for legal writing teachers. I especially like it because it follows my first rule of legal education reform: use teaching techniques that are supported by cognitive science.
Why Legal Writers Should Think like Teachers by Laura A. Webb.
"Legal writing is fundamentally educative. To be a better writer, you must be a better teacher. To be a better teacher, you must understand the cognitive science behind how your reader learns: how the brain absorbs, accesses, and analyzes information. Then, you can use that science to guide your writing: Teach your reader. This approach helps students see why 4writing advice makes sense and remember how to follow it."
(Scott Fruehwald) (hat tip: Jesse Kirchner)