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Professors Felsenburg, Graham write ground-breaking article

Professors Miki Felsenburg and Laura Graham have completed their article entitled “Beginning Legal Writers in Their Own Words: Why the First Weeks of Legal Writing are So Tough and What We Can Do About It.”

The ground-breaking article is based on an extensive year-long study of first-year students at two diverse law schools who were surveyed at three critical points in their legal writing courses. In the article, Felsenburg and Graham draw heavily on the students’ own statements about their legal writing experiences to support their conclusion that by making small adjustments in the way they approach the first few weeks of instruction, legal writing professors can dramatically improve their students’ attitudes toward, and success in, early legal writing.

Felsenburg and Graham have received a very favorable response to the article, which will be published in the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute next summer. Less than three weeks after its posting on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN), the article was one of the Top Ten downloads in the category of Courses, Materials & Teaching, Legal Education and Legal Writing.

Felsenburg and Graham have also accepted an invitation to give a presentation on their research at the 2010 Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute at Marco Island, Fla., next June.

The article can be downloaded from SSRN at this web page: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1460738.