Monday, November 20, 2006

Law review: does it improve writing? Part 2

Here is a broad overview of the findings of my student in the paper about law review.

Finding 1
Based on surveys of first-year law students, there was a consensus that participating on a journal would improve your writing.
  • The chance to read and edit scholarly writing and the chance to write and receive feedback on a note were the two main reasons given.

Finding 2
Based on surveys of second-year law students holding staff positions on law journals, there was a consensus that participating on the journal was not improving their writing.
  • Staffers found themselves focusing almost entirely on citation checking, which they did not believe was improving their writing. Any text editing they did was minimal and did not result in any feedback. As for writing a note, they felt they were writing without much guidance, and those who had finished reported that they did not not get much, if any, feedback.
Finding 3
Based on surveys of third-year law students who held editorial positions on law journals, there was a consensus that participating on the journal had improved their writing.
  • When asked how participating on the journal had improved their writing, the majority replied that it had helped them master citation.
What conclusions do you draw from this?

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