Helpful Sources For Teaching Legal Writing

Two sources that I find particularly helpful for teaching legal writing is the Citing Legally Blog and Perspectives Newsletter.

The Perspectives Newsletter generally comes out every spring and fall. It includes a variety of practical articles on teaching legal research & writing. This spring's newsletter contains the following articles:
  • No Shoehorn Required: How a Required, Three-Year, Persuasion-Based Legal Writing Program Easily Fits Within the Broader Law School Curriculum
  • The Art and Architecture of Paragraphs: Focus, Flow, and Emphasis
  • In the Mind’s Eye: Visual Lessons for Law Students
  • Helping International Students Avoid the Plagiarism Minefield: Suggestions from a Second Language Teacher and Writer
  • Shakespeare on CR(E)AC: Turning Reluctant First-Year Law Students Into Addicts
  • The “Shock and Awe” Approach to Legal Research: Helping Students to Understand Their Research Deficiencies so That They Are Better Prepared to Learn Legal Research
  • Training the Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism in Legal Writing Courses
  • Lights! Camera! Law School—Using Video Interviews to Enhance First-Semester Writing Assignments
  • When the ABA Comes Calling, Let’s Speak the Same Language of Assessment
  • Legal Writing in the Real World—Using Practitioners’ Briefs to Teach Advanced Legal Writing Strategies
  • A Tale of Two Outlines
  • An Offer They Can’t Refuse: Teaching Persuasive Writing Through a Settlement Offer Email Assignment
I am particularly interested in USC's "Shock and Awe" approach to teaching legal research. This may be another way to help fill the "knowledge in action gap" with law students.

The other source, the Citing Legal Blog, is focused on "occasional observations concerning the citation of legal authorities by lawyers and judges." Legal citation is so much a part of legal writing, and this blog offers really great content on the nuances of legal citation. 


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