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Seeking Your Advice About Academic Legal Writing:

Foundation Press will be putting out the third edition of my Academic Legal Writing book in Fall 2007. I have some ideas of my own for improving the book, but I'd love to get suggestions from readers (and others). Hence, a few questions:

What would it be good for the book to cover that it doesn't already cover?

What does the book already cover that it should cover in more detail?

What does the book say that you think it should stress more?

What does the book say that you think is wrong or counterproductive?

I'd love to see your input on this. Thanks!

U.Va. 1L (mail):
This may be too specific a suggestion, but...

Our law review write-on competition was just 72 hours long. Are there any suggestions you'd make differently for students at schools that give such a short time frame?
5.8.2006 2:39pm
U.Va. 0L (mail):
I second that. I start at U.Va. this fall!
5.8.2006 5:19pm
a reader:
I couldn't help noticing how short the "research" section of the current edition is--I don't have the book in front of me, but I recall it being 4(!) pages. I think this is a problem, and it sends the wrong message to aspiring legal scholars. In-depth, thorough research is _essential_ to good scholarship. Provocative, original theses require good research to back them up--you can see things other scholars haven't seen if you read things they haven't read, or at least read from a different range of sources than other scholars have read from. But the current edition sends the message that research is an afterthought to the process of writing. I don't think that approach leds to interesting and important scholarship.
5.8.2006 11:58pm