Designing and Teaching the Legal Writing Curriculum: A Selected Bibliography

24 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2012  

Almas Khan

University of Virginia Department of English; Georgetown University Law Center - Center for Legal English

Date Written: June 16, 2012

Abstract

This article, the last in a trilogy of annotated bibliographies on legal writing, law school pedagogy, and legal writing pedagogy, classifies useful pedagogical sources for legal writing professors.

The bibliography tracks the order of material taught in a standard first-year legal writing class and contains relatively short sources. The list progresses from foundational topics, including an introduction to law and legal writing, case reading and briefing, statutory analysis, and legal analysis, to the fundamentals of legal research, legal citation, and legal writing style.

The bibliography then enumerates useful sources for specific types of legal documents, notably legal memoranda and legal briefs, and techniques for revising these documents. Articles describing oral arguments and ethical considerations are briefly mentioned before the bibliography details sources for designing legal writing assignments.

Resources offering general advice and advice particular to legal research exercises, legal memoranda, and legal briefs complete the article, which should assist rookie legal writing professors tasked with creating their first lesson plans and their more experienced peers hoping to refine pre-existing lesson plans. Additionally, legal writing students can consult many of the listed sources as supplements to assigned readings.

Suggested Citation

Khan, Almas, Designing and Teaching the Legal Writing Curriculum: A Selected Bibliography (June 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2072876 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2072876

Almas Khan (Contact Author)

University of Virginia Department of English ( email )

219 Bryan Hall
PO Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121
United States

Georgetown University Law Center - Center for Legal English ( email )

Washington, DC 20001
United States

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