Storytelling: a Different Voice for Legal Education

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Sandra Craig McKenzie

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Date Written: August 18, 1992


Lawyers are storytellers, using stories as a means of solving problems for clients. Although lawyers tell stories in a variety of settings, the quintessential example of legal storytelling occurs in the courtroom, where two layers meet to tell opposing stories about "what really happened on the night of June 12th." The trial lawyer combines facts with legal rules to tell her client's story. Parts of the story, such as closing arguments, are presented orally. Other parts, such as motions and briefs, take a written form. The judge's opinion is the final version of the story, distilled from the versions told by the opposing lawyers.

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Craig McKenzie, Sandra, Storytelling: a Different Voice for Legal Education (August 18, 1992). Kansas Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 251, 1992. Available at SSRN:

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