On Page Limits and Concision

On Page Limits and Concision

:: At the beginning of every school year, my legal writing students face a double, daunting challenge: to learn to write about a topic they are unfamiliar with (the law) in a dialect that they are unfamiliar with (legal discourse). They go bananas when I tell them...
Terrible Lawyer Email Signatures

Terrible Lawyer Email Signatures

:: Lawyers sometimes allow legalese to infect their writing—even their email signatures. Setting aside the implications* of this sort of email signature, I wanted to make a suggestion to all lawyers out there: please remove the obfuscating legalese from your “do...
Sunlight and Law School

Sunlight and Law School

:: Law schools have gone through an immense crisis.  As surprising as it is, the class action law suit against New York Law School seems to fit right in with the recent trend of criticizing law schools for misrepresenting (1) scholarships, (2) grads’ employment...
NY Times on the Business of Law School

NY Times on the Business of Law School

:: Apropos of my last post on student loan debt, here’s an article on how some law schools seem to be interested in making a lot of money in these hard economic times. Law School Economics: Ka-Ching! By David Segal, New York Times, July 16, 2011 I found this...
Some Psychology of First-Year Legal Writing

Some Psychology of First-Year Legal Writing

:: I see many of my students in the voice of this writer. I also see myself when I was a 1L so many years ago. I’m loving this blog post on legal writing courses. [Edit 3/29/2016: The blog has died. You can see an archive of the linked post here.] It’s...