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Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing

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The problem I am addressing has nothing to do with a student’s academic or intellectual ability to complete a given assignment. Rather, I am focusing on the process that a student uses to tackle the assignment. I tell my students that I am not teaching them just for my class; I am giving them tools that they can use throughout their careers.Are they really helping a client if they first turn their attention to a problem mere hours before it is due? Obviously, the vicissitudes of law practice sometimes give an attorney no choice. But if there is any other alternative, it makes sense to schedule work so that it can be completed in a thoughtful and timely manner.


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