'Depth' or 'Breadth' - or Can You Have Both?
Judith M. Stinson
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
October 15, 2009
Second Draft, Vol. 18, p. 21, December 2003
In this article, Professor Stinson describes the intensive legal writing course offered at ASU as a model for teaching students both “depth” and “breadth.” She describes the requirements of the course in detail and attributes the success of the class to adequately paid writing faculty, with no other teaching assignments during that period; interested students; adequate number of credits; and, most importantly, very low student:teacher ratios. She claims that teaching both “depth” and “breadth” can be accomplished, but only under the right circumstances. Writing professors can explore, in depth, skills already introduced during the first year. They can also teach new skills and the expectations of new documents. Additionally, they can ensure students are thinking about process rather than product by individually discussing their processes each day.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 2
Keywords: Legal writing, law professors, teaching
Date posted: October 15, 2009 ; Last revised: September 2, 2010
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