Contrastive Conversations with International Students of Law

The Second Draft, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 32-36, Spring 2016

7 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2016

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Elizabeth Baldwin

University of Washington School of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2016

Abstract

International students who have trained as lawyers abroad need meaningful and contextualized opportunities to make discoveries about differences between the writing they have been trained to produce and the writing they are expected to produce. Writing Specialists are in a unique position to engage them in individualized assessment, examine their writing closely, and determine which writing conventions and practices may be affecting their efforts to produce U.S.-style legal writing. This essay describes how Writing Specialists can use methods from contrastive rhetoric to discuss writing conventions and linguistic variation with international students.

Keywords: legal writing, contrastive rhetoric, linguistics, foreign students, ESL

Suggested Citation

Baldwin, Elizabeth, Contrastive Conversations with International Students of Law (April 1, 2016). The Second Draft, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 32-36, Spring 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2770018

Elizabeth Baldwin (Contact Author)

University of Washington School of Law ( email )

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Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States

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