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Legal Writing After the First Year

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  1. Mike Zimmer says:

    I have found the debate interesting but I want to add an element not so far addressed: Helping students learn how to think more deeply. Most people, students and professors alike (me for sure), need help thinking at a deep level. Writing is a vehicle that can be used to develop that skill.

    So, what advanced legal writing opportunities are most useful to achieve deeper thinking? I am not sure it matters. What matters is that the writing process involve writing, editing, rewriting, more editing, etc., until the dynamic of writer and editor has run its course. The investment of that time is, of course, the challenge on both student and teacher sides of it.

  2. JamesM says:

    Writing the same brief from the other side. A well plead offense must counter a an effective defense.

    Get them to write the complaint, then the defense of same.

    A good exercise it to enumerate how many well plead affirmative defenses can students come up with? Have they thought of all the angles, examined all the documents and delved into the case law for each?

    The biggest challenge in thinking is to challenge ones own opinion, belief and thinking.