What We Do: The Life and Work of The Legal Writing Professor

50:2 J. Law & Educ. 170 (2021)

U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21-33

87 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2021

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David I. C. Thomson

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Date Written: November 2, 2021

Abstract

The life of the legal writing professor in today’s law schools is a challenging yet rewarding one. Out of necessity, over the last thirty years the pedagogy of legal writing has expanded to include much more than just writing skills—it has become every law student’s introduction to a broad set of basic lawyering skills and is more appropriately styled the Lawyering Process (LP). The increasing gravity and responsibility of the Lawyering Process course has led to expansion of credits given to the course and gradually to greater status and equity to the faculty who teach it, although most of us still lag the benefits and privileges of our tenured colleagues. Because of the dramatic evolution of the course and in the professionalism of the faculty who teach it, many traditional tenure-track faculty members do not really know or understand what we do now. This Article seeks to fill that gap — to bring our colleagues up to date on what we teach and how. It also seeks to help our colleagues understand what sort of support we want and need to be even better and more effective at teaching this critical course in law school. Finally, it is hoped that this Article will be helpful to faculty new to the task of teaching the Lawyering Process course so they will have a more complete understanding of the joys and challenges that await.

Suggested Citation

Thomson, David I. C., What We Do: The Life and Work of The Legal Writing Professor (November 2, 2021). 50:2 J. Law & Educ. 170 (2021), U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21-33, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3955260

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