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Writing Modules - The Content Expert And Writing Expert Team

We integrate writing modules into substantive law course. Our legal writing professors duplicate a realistic legal problem based on material supplied by the professor teaching the substantive law course.  The content expert professor sets the knowledge-based learning goals and the writing professor sets the legal writing goals.  Students learn the law as they would on the job, by writing a predictive legal memo, client advice letter, persuasive policy brief, factum, or brief to the court. The writing professors teach the ins and outs of writing effective predictive and persuasive documents.  The writing module includes a class on self-editing and a reflective writer’s note capturing the student’s learning and new writing strategies.

Modules and Workshops for First-Year Students
Interactive On-Line Learning

Pointfirstwriting.com helps us interleave legal writing instruction as modules in substantive upper-year law courses and for assignments in legal writing seminars. The modules support a blended learning approach combining face-to-face class room work with online instruction and activities. The online modules also provide a stand-alone, self-study resource that law students and graduates use during internships, pro bono activities, summer jobs, and as articling students and new associates in law firms. 

Current students and practicing lawyers can home in on specific sub-skills when they need them and learn at their own pace.  The website’s 24/7 availability lets users access module components anytime they write, whether for an assignment or an employer. 

Legal Memos Made Easy doubles as a resource for writing predictive legal memos and developing targeted skills like writing strong introductions, clear issue statements, and well-organized and complete facts.  Professors and students can start anywhere and use all or part of the module. Getting Ready to Write helps students organize research for any legal document Crafting the Memo’s Parts gives more in-depth instruction on specific memo components. Students can complete interactive online exercises and receive immediate feedback in the form of sample answers, and a writing mentor’s comments on rewrites. Two Sample Memos, based on real-life narratives, create a writer-mentor experience though embedded text, audio and video “Practice Tips”  Each memo has a background story presented through either a series of lawyer-client emails or a brief audio interview. In the Practice Tips, Anna, a summer student (Hopper v Summervale), and Ben, a first-year associate (Bradley v Tech World), explain their writing choices and experienced lawyer-mentors comment on the novice legal writer’s work, answer often-asked questions, and elaborate on memo elements.

Edit Your Own Work demonstrates a practical, five-layered approach to editing any legal document.  Each layer concentrates on a different editing task to keep students from becoming overwhelmed by editing everything all at once and to maximize editing power. Layers start with a brief overview and short exercises that students use to self-diagnose their skills level.  We then describe and demonstrate editing strategies pre-tested by our students.  As they go through the layers, students construct a personal editing checklist that they can modify in the future as they master different editing steps. 

Future modules will cover Point-First Writing, Factums, Opinion Letters, and Policy Briefs.

Writing Conferences with Writing Leaders
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