Thursday, May 28, 2020
As new legal writing professors enter the profession, they need to know about the history of the legal writing movement. This movement has had a tremendous impact on legal education and preparing lawyers for the 21st Century. Here is a chapter from the ABA Legal Writing Sourcebook, 3rd ed. on the history of legal writing in the academy:
Legal Writing as a Discipline: Past, Present, and Future by Jan M. Levine.
"Legal research and legal writing, particularly for persuasive purposes, have been a part of a lawyer’s stock in trade at least as far back as ancient Greece and Rome.46 But that history has not always been marked by laudable achievements. The written work of English lawyers was often ridiculed as obtuse, obfuscatory, and unintelligible. Unfortunately, American lawyers, in their turn, have received much of the same ridicule.Only in the past four decades has legal education in America devoted much attention to professional training in legal writing."