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Requiring Three Years of Real-World Legal Writing Instruction: Law Students Need It; Prospective Employers Want It; The Future of the Legal Profession Demands It

27 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2014 Last revised: 5 Aug 2014

Adam Lamparello

Indiana Tech - Law School

Charles E. MacLean

Indiana Tech - Law School

Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

Part I of this three-part series set forth a blueprint for change. In this essay, we get more specific and propose a three-year legal writing curriculum that is designed to mirror the actual practice of law, from start to finish, and provide alternative paths for students who prefer to focus on transactional drafting or alternative dispute resolution. In so doing, we include: (1) required courses for each of the six semesters of law school; (2) a discussion of the practical skills that students will acquire in each course; (3) electives that students may take to complement their required courses; and (4) suggestions for textbooks and other materials. In our view, law students should not just learn to "think like lawyers," but also to "do what lawyers do." They should graduate with knowledge of how law is practiced, and not merely how it is acquired. This essay continues that quest.

Keywords: Legal writing, legal research, legal education, appellate advocacy, legal education reform

JEL Classification: K40, K10

Suggested Citation

Lamparello, Adam and MacLean, Charles E., Requiring Three Years of Real-World Legal Writing Instruction: Law Students Need It; Prospective Employers Want It; The Future of the Legal Profession Demands It (January 1, 2014). 4 Houston Law Review Off the Record 95 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2385744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2385744

Adam Lamparello (Contact Author)

Indiana Tech - Law School ( email )

1600 E. Washington Blvd.
Ft. Wayne, IN 46803
United States

Charles MacLean

Indiana Tech - Law School ( email )

1600 East Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
United States
260-422-5561 x-3447 (Phone)

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