Legal research and writing program changes its name
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
July 27, 2010
Faculty members of the Wake Forest University School of Law recently approved a change in the name of the “Legal Research & Writing (LRW)” program to “Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research (LAWR).”
According to Professor Chris Coughlin, director of LAWR, the decision to change the name of the program was prompted by a groundbreaking empirical study designed and conducted by Professors Miki Felsenburg and Laura Graham.
The study focused on students’ experiences in legal research and writing and resulted in their recommendations to improve the first-year program. Details are set forth in their article “Beginning Legal Writers In Their Own Words: Why The First Weeks of Legal Writing Are So Tough and What We Can Do About It.”
In addition, the prior name did not accurately reflect the critical role of analysis in effective legal research and writing and teaching students “to think like a lawyer,” according to Coughlin.
“The new acronym ‘LAWyeR’ further reflects the link between the study and practice of law,” she said.