Multi-Tasking and Legal Writing

Perspectives, Vol. 18, p. 7, Fall 2009

5 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2010 Last revised: 14 Dec 2012

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Anne M. Enquist

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: Fall 2009


This Article addresses the growing trend toward more and more multitasking and the effect it has on law students and lawyers, particularly their writing, learning, and analysis. It distinguishes between two types of multitasking – parallel processing and task switching – and explores when each increases or decreases efficiency. Using recent research on multitasking and the human brain, the Article reports on some of the early findings that suggest that habitual multitasking changes a person’s cognitive style and may diminish one’s capacity for focused, in-depth thinking. The Article concludes with some suggestions for monitoring and managing the multitasking habit

Keywords: multi-tasking, multitasking, legal writing, legal analysis, cognitive syle, focus, efficiency, digital literacy, distractions

Suggested Citation

Enquist, Anne M., Multi-Tasking and Legal Writing (Fall 2009). Perspectives, Vol. 18, p. 7, Fall 2009 . Available at SSRN:

Anne M. Enquist (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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