A Preliminary Exploration of the Elements of Expert Performance in Legal Writing
Shelley M. Kierstead
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
University of Toronto - Postgraduate Medical Education Office
June 6, 2009
CLPE Research Paper No. 7/2009
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
Date posted: June 9, 2009
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