Curricular Integration: The Missing Element in Legal Education
6 Pages Posted: 7 May 2019
Date Written: April 9, 2019
The time has arrived for legal writing professors to propose specific curricular reforms that will have tangible benefits and materially benefit law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. Thus far, legal writing professors have made admirable progress in persuading law schools to devote more credits and required courses to legal writing. The missing element, however, is the effective integration of doctrine and skills into the curriculum while maximizing student learning and preparing students to practice law. The model advocated in this article provides law schools with an efficient and innovative method by which to bridge the divide between legal education and law practice, and ensure that law schools are responding to the needs of the legal profession. Put simply, it’s not that hard to integrate legal writing into the curriculum. It’s time that legal writing professors do so and demonstrate their value to the legal academy.
Keywords: legal writing, legal education, curricular reform, persuasive advocacy, learning outcomes, assessment
JEL Classification: K19, K41
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