Monday, October 14, 2013

reading literature to gain skill reading people

A skill often introduced in first-year LRW courses is non-verbal communication. Of course a lawyer needs well-honed critical reading and precise writing skills. But a good lawyer also has to be able to  "read" other people, including clients, judges, juries, bosses, and adversaries. As reported this week by the New York Times and others, it turns out that reading literary fiction teaches this skill. That's one more reason to major in English.

hat tip: Prof. Debbie Borman


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