This article examines how the arrival of the electronic age has changed the ways in which lawyers write and argues that these changes require rethinking the way legal writing is taught. Part II discusses the increased use of computers as the primary medium for legal writing. This development mandates studying the differences a word processor makes in the way lawyers write and learn to write. In Part III, this article posits that writing via word processor may detrimentally change legal writing and explains how this might happen. Part IV then acknowledges that there are some ways in which legal writing may be improved significantly through the use of computers. Reconciling these benefits and detriments is the challenge for today’s legal writing programs. Part V concludes with recommendations for ways in which those who teach legal writing can refine their pedagogical techniques to assist new lawyers in becoming effective writers and word sculptors in the electronic age.
Lucia Ann Silecchia,
Of Painters, Sculptors, Quill Pens, and Microchips: Teaching Legal Writers in the Electronic Age,
75 Neb. L. Rev.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/nlr/vol75/iss4/7