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A Preliminary Exploration of the Elements of Expert Performance in Legal Writing


Shelley M. Kierstead


York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Erika Abner


University of Toronto - Postgraduate Medical Education Office

June 6, 2009

CLPE Research Paper No. 7/2009

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This paper describes results of focus group research conducted with senior advocacy lawyers in relation to the lawyers' characterization of expert legal writing. The results suggest an important interplay between product and process, and are consistent with general theoretical models of expertise that characterize the writing process as exploratory, recursive, reflective and responsive. The results may also be linked with existing studies of school to work transitions. The authors also describe how the research results tie into a longer term research project aimed at developing a description of increasingly sophisticated writing competencies that can be expected of lawyers as they progress through their careers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Legal writing, Legal profession, Legal education

JEL Classification: K30, K39

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Date posted: June 9, 2009  

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Kierstead, Shelley M. and Abner, Erika, A Preliminary Exploration of the Elements of Expert Performance in Legal Writing (June 6, 2009). CLPE Research Paper No. 7/2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1415369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1415369

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Shelley M. Kierstead (Contact Author)
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
Erika Abner
University of Toronto - Postgraduate Medical Education Office ( email )
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://www.pgme.utoronto.ca
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