Sending the Message to Students that Revising Means Seeing their Work through New Eyes

The Second Draft, Vol. 22, p. 6, Fall 2007

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-93

3 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2008 Last revised: 9 Dec 2012

Patricia Grande Montana

St. John's University - School of Law

Abstract

This article discusses the importance of showing students that revision is an integral part of the writing process. Most law students equate revision with polishing, and thus usually make only superficial changes to their drafts when asked to revise. This article proposes that legal writing professors can help their students see that revision presents an opportunity to substantially improve their writing by commenting on their drafts in the way a legal reader would. This should help law students see the reader's perspective and, in turn, make more substantive changes when they revise.

Suggested Citation

Grande Montana, Patricia, Sending the Message to Students that Revising Means Seeing their Work through New Eyes. The Second Draft, Vol. 22, p. 6, Fall 2007; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-93. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1080016

Patricia Grande Montana (Contact Author)

St. John's University - School of Law ( email )

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