The Second Draft (Legal Writing Institute)
doctrine, skills, curricular reform, legal drafting, wills, co-teaching, integrated course
I’ve long considered teaching doctrine and skills together in a single course to be the holy grail of legal education. If we could do so successfully, we might make significant strides in providing a legal education that better prepares our students to be practicing lawyers. In spring 2016, my colleague Professor April Cherry and I took the plunge and collaboratively offered a course titled Estates and Trusts: Doctrine and Drafting at our institution, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. This essay describes our experience and lessons learned pursuing the holy grail.
May, Claire C. Robinson, "The Holy Grail? Designing and Teaching an Integrated Doctrine and Drafting Course" (2018). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 954.