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Practice Writing: Responding to the Needs of the Bench and Bar in First Year Writing Programs


Amy Vorenberg


University of New Hampsire School of Law

Margaret Sova McCabe


University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)

April 23, 2008

Phoenix Law Review, Fall 2008

Abstract:     
Do first year legal writing programs really prepare law students for the rigors of practice writing? This article begins to answer this question based on attorney and judge survey results, as well as interviews with judges who had also read student work in preparation for their interview. We found that while legal writing programs do provide a good foundation for legal writing skills, improvement can be made. Important changes that we have made at Pierce Law include shorter, more frequent assignments, variation/flexibility in choice of organizational paradigm, understanding the difference between settled and unsettled areas of law, and increased emphasis on grammar, punctuation, and style.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: legal writing, legal analysis, legal eduction

JEL Classification: K10, K30

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Date posted: August 18, 2008  

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Vorenberg, Amy and McCabe, Margaret Sova, Practice Writing: Responding to the Needs of the Bench and Bar in First Year Writing Programs (April 23, 2008). Phoenix Law Review, Fall 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1231302

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Amy Vorenberg (Contact Author)
University of New Hampsire School of Law ( email )
Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States
Margaret Sova McCabe
University of New Hampshire School of Law ( email )
Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States
603-513-5261 (Phone)
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