Law schools that are building new courses and adding to their existing curriculum in an effort to offer more practical legal training may be overlooking the practical skills that can be developed through an existing graduation requirement - upper level writing. At The George Washington University Law School a practitioner-taught Scholarly Writing course focuses on the practical application of academic writing and prepares 2L students for the demanding expectations of the 2L summer associateship/internship. This Article describes the ABA standard for upper level writing, explains how the adjunct-taught program at GW Law provides skills training and professional development, and addresses the challenges of managing adjunct faculty.
GW Paper Series
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-19; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-19
Thornton, Karen, It's Not Purely Academic: Using Practitioners to Increase the Rigor and Practical Learning in Scholarly Writing (2012). Karen D. Thornton, It’s Not Purely Academic: Using Practitioners to Increase the Rigor and Practical Learning in Scholarly Writing, 20 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 87 (2012).; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-19; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168762