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Legal Writing Matters: Tips for Law Students During the Summer Daze

By Kathleen Elliott Vinson Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy Ahhh . . . the lazy days of summer. Not exactly if you are a law student. Most law students are busy during the summer at jobs, internships, clerkships, and associateships. However, relaxation and renewal are important too. [...]

August 12th, 2016|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Legal Texting

By Dyane O'Leary w8ing 4 u 2 get docs asap . . . nervous re depo Messaging is changing the way we communicate. Millennial and Generation Z students use mobile messaging to make a dinner reservation, confirm an appointment, and set up a first date. But surely the lawyers of tomorrow won’t use such an [...]

August 12th, 2016|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Infusing International Law into Advanced Legal Writing

By Rosa Kim Imagine that a lawyer with a solo practice in downtown Boston has two clients: Client A is injured on a flight from St. Louis to Boston, when the flight attendant accidently slammed the beverage cart against her arm, breaking it. Client B is injured in the same way on a flight from [...]

July 6th, 2016|faculty voices, Legal Writing Matters|

Student Voices: Learning to Love First-Year Legal Writing

By Saige E. Jutras When I received my first legal writing assignment, I was confidently ambitious. It was the end of summer before my 1L year, and I thought to myself, “If there’s one challenge I won’t face in law school, it’s legal writing.” After writing undergraduate and master’s theses, challenges with writing were the [...]

June 24th, 2016|General, Legal Writing Matters, Student Voices|

Legal Writing Matters: Being Prepared for Law Practice Means Being Able to Use the Everyday Tools of Lawyers

By Gabe Teninbaum Can you format a pleading in Word, or create a formula in Excel? Think it doesn’t matter for lawyers? Think again. I’ve noticed in my years of teaching that many law students aren’t always very good at using the tools they’ll use every day in the practice of law. I admit, it’s [...]

May 25th, 2016|faculty voices, Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: The Best Oral Arguments Aren’t Perfect, They’re Real

By Heidi K. Brown As oral arguments approach, many 1Ls experience anxiety toward this “rite-of-passage.” For introverted students or others who prefer thinking and writing before speaking, the pressure for spontaneous verbal exchange is daunting. Some students assume that reticence toward this assignment indicates they are not cut out for the law. Not true! Quiet [...]

February 29th, 2016|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Bridging the Gap between Substance and Skill

By Abigail Perdue So often I hear first-year law students admit to allocating less time to Legal Writing because it “matters less” than other “substantive” courses. Nothing could be further from the truth. After all, Legal Writing is a substantive course. “Substantive” is defined as “possessing substance, having practical importance, value, or effect.” Doesn’t Legal [...]

December 25th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Get Ready For Hyperlinks in Legal Briefs and Memos

By Ellie Margolis Since most legal documents are created and read electronically, lawyers are starting to incorporate hyperlinks directly into their memos and briefs. The most common use of hyperlinks is for citations to legal authority, though a document could also contain hyperlinks to many other sources, including the factual record and non-legal sources of [...]

November 25th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Cracking Citations, One Post-it Note at a Time

By Irina V. Gott When new law students try to decipher citation, they are understandably overwhelmed and intimidated. But by customizing their ALWD Guide they can crack any citation. Some students may not know where to begin when scanning through the myriad of citation rules in the Guide. Some even admit to burying it under a [...]

November 18th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Why Law Students Should Welcome Feedback

By Kathleen Elliott Vinson Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy Getting back that first legal writing memo assignment with your professor’s critique and grade – what could be more stressful for a 1L. But, students should view it as an opportunity. In practice, senior lawyers and supervisors are [...]

October 13th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|