You Can't Write Without Research: The Role of Research Instruction in the Upper-Level Writing Requirement

18 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 167 (2017).

40 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2017 Last revised: 30 May 2018

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Alyson Drake

Texas Tech University School of Law

Date Written: July 13, 2017

Abstract

This article examines the role legal research instruction should play in the American Bar Association's upper-level writing requirement. It argues that, despite the importance that research plays in most types of writing that students do to fill this requirement (student journal notes/comments, seminar papers, independent research papers), there is little-to-no standardized research instruction in and across law schools. Finally, the article proposes four methods that scholarly research instruction can be incorporated into the law school curriculum by utilizing law librarians and suggests why law librarians are best suited for this type of instruction.

Keywords: legal research instruction, legal writing, legal research education, ABA requirements, law school curriculum, upper-level writing requirement

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Drake, Alyson, You Can't Write Without Research: The Role of Research Instruction in the Upper-Level Writing Requirement (July 13, 2017). 18 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 167 (2017).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3002037

Alyson Drake (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University School of Law ( email )

1802 Hartford
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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