keg411 wrote:I'm just countering all of the "I'm a good writer and I suck at LRW" statements or that there is some type of inverse correlation between how you do in LRW and how you do in all of your other courses.
One anecdote does not make a statistic, but you're probably right.
I feel like I am a good writer. I think it is one of my real strengths. Maybe I'm not the best legal
writer at this point, but I have a really hard time believing I am in the bottom half of my class for it. Yet somehow, I haven't broken median on one single assignment
in legal practice. I had top of the class grades in my doctrinal classes last semester, which is what makes it so frustrating that I'm below average at legal writing.
I make some stupid mistakes like a grammatical mistake here or there or a heading improperly labeled, but my professor always tells me in office hours that she doesn't take off much for little things like that. She says what is hurting me is substantive, not grammatical or structural, but I just don't get what she's looking for. I know I get the material and I'm arguing the same cases and points as everyone else. It is just a tight curve because we're all writing about the same things, we're all using the same basic format, and we're all progressing at roughly the same pace. Or at least that's what I tell myself.
Our open brief is like 2.5x more important to our grade than our closed brief, so I can still end up with a good second semester. I nailed the research presentation for it, so now I hope I can finish strong with the writing portion. I really want to be able to say to employers, "Legal writing was a challenge and an adjustment, but I really got the hang of it second semester" and not have to downplay two sub-median legal practice grades.