Thursday, May 24, 2007

black holes and legal writing

While doing some research for an article I'm working on, I came across the following footnote today:

"Stephen Hawkings is correct in his assertion that black holes exist.  They are called legal writing positions.  Once you enter a legal writing position, it is almost impossible to escape the legal writing field.  So, despite the gravity of the problem with current legal writing, one really has to be warped to take such a job.  If writing is the process of generating and committing one's analysis to paper, then legal writing is the process of generating and committing one's legal analysis to paper.  What does that make legal writing?  Only the single most important course in the curriuclum, since the one thing you can be sure you will do in practice is engage in a lifetime of legal writing.  Thus, many law professors naturally acccord legal writing an amount of respect that is in inverse measure to its actual importance."

Kevin H. Smith, How to Become a Law Professor Without Really Trying:  A Critical, Heuristic, Deconstructionist, and Hermeneutical Exploration of Avoiding the Drudgery Associated with Actually Working as an Attorney, 47 U. Kan. L. Rev. 139, ___ n. 17 (1998).


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