Ten Tips to Create a Legal Writing Course That Prepares Students for The Real World

4 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2021 Last revised: 10 May 2021

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Adam Lamparello

Georgia College and State University

Date Written: April 29, 2021


In the past year, COVID-19 has transformed how legal education – and legal writing – is delivered to students. Online instruction replaced in-person instruction, professors and students were forced to adapt quickly to an alternative learning format, and grading policies were adjusted to account for the unique hardships that online learning engendered for many law students. And all of this occurred while administrators, faculty, and students were living in fear of a virus that has killed more than 570,000 citizens in the United States.

Notwithstanding, the challenges involved in transitioning to online learning – along with the challenges of transitioning to in-person instruction post-COVID – need not compromise the transformative and practical instruction that legal writing courses can effectuate, regardless of whether through online or in-person instruction. Indeed, several universal principles or designs can ensure that students learn real-world writing and critical thinking skills in online and in-person contexts. Those principles are below and can be useful to both new and experienced legal writing faculty to ensure that legal writing courses provide students with the competencies to succeed in law school and the legal profession.

Suggested Citation

Lamparello, Adam, Ten Tips to Create a Legal Writing Course That Prepares Students for The Real World (April 29, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3836328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3836328

Adam Lamparello (Contact Author)

Georgia College and State University ( email )

Milledgeville, GA 31061-0490
United States

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