Do your professors care about grammar?

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Do your professors care about grammar?

All of them.
6
10%
Most of them.
7
11%
Some of them.
8
13%
Very few of them.
18
30%
None of them.
22
36%
 
Total votes: 61

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dr123
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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby dr123 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:52 pm

Do professors let you hand write exams?

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby Grizz » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:10 pm

dr123 wrote:Do professors let you hand write exams?


All mine did. No one did.

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby pleasetryagain » Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:01 pm

dr123 wrote:Do professors let you hand write exams?



why would you handicap yourself?

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TheFutureLawyer
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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:06 pm

redwings15 wrote:Flame


Yeah, cause it's not at all important to know whether or not one needs to have good grammar on an exam. :roll:

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby cronous » Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:19 pm

heyyitskatie wrote:I did have one 48 hour take-home exam where grammar and style mattered more, but even then, the occasional typo wasn't a big deal.


I think my legal writing professor, who worked at private firm for many years, gave me the best piece of advice with regards to typos/grammar: "As long as the reader is not distracted by it do not worry." Partners and Judges are not interested in hitting you over the head with a grammar mistake. So long as they can understand what is going on they are likely to gloss over it. And FYI they do not teach you grammar skills at law school, they teach you legal writing skills.
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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby AreJay711 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:24 pm

TheFutureLawyer wrote:
redwings15 wrote:Flame


Yeah, cause it's not at all important to know whether or not one needs to have good grammar on an exam. :roll:


Because one could never just ask one's professors could one? :roll:

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TheFutureLawyer
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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:18 pm

Because one doesn't have professors yet, does one? :?:

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby smittytron3k » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:30 am

TheFutureLawyer wrote:Because one doesn't have professors yet, does one? :?:


It's funny that you complain about grammar and then write this torturous sentence.

Anyways, I've found that professors don't care about typos or ding people for grammatical errors, but they probably do care, at least subconsciously, about the aggregate writing quality of the 3000+ words you produce during an exam. This is not to say they expect Shakespeare, but those who can quickly produce clear, crisp, straightforward prose probably will do better on exams, all things being equal (as they rarely are, of course).

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TheFutureLawyer
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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:10 am

smittytron3k wrote:
TheFutureLawyer wrote:Because one doesn't have professors yet, does one? :?:


It's funny that you complain about grammar and then write this torturous sentence.

Anyways,


It's funny that you didn't see what I was trying to do there.

Anyway, 'anyways' isn't a word.

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby goodolgil » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:35 am

Why is this thread still going on? The question has long been answered.

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby cronous » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:31 pm

TheFutureLawyer wrote:
smittytron3k wrote:
TheFutureLawyer wrote:Because one doesn't have professors yet, does one? :?:


It's funny that you complain about grammar and then write this torturous sentence.

Anyways,


It's funny that you didn't see what I was trying to do there.

Anyway, 'anyways' isn't a word.


Speaking as a professional who writes daily if you are that uptight about grammar you will go positively insane in your professional life. The practice of law is often about raking up the billables and figuring how to cast the facts in a favorable light as well as making persuasive legal arguments. This means not wasting your time looking for the subtle language issues that are not likely to affect your client's interests.

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:37 pm

I've heard transactional attorneys care more about typos than litigation attorneys. T/F?

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby fatduck » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:39 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I've heard transactional attorneys care more about typos than litigation attorneys. T/F?

falsw

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:56 pm

cronous wrote:Speaking as a professional who writes daily if you are that uptight about grammar you will go positively insane in your professional life. The practice of law is often about raking up the billables and figuring how to cast the facts in a favorable light as well as making persuasive legal arguments. This means not wasting your time looking for the subtle language issues that are not likely to affect your client's interests.


I'm not really a grammar nazi, I've just been messing with people on that front. I started the thread for a pretty simple reason: to find out whether I'd need to brush up on my grammar before law school started (I was thinking about getting the Redbook or something similar, and am reading 'Garner on Language and Writing' right now). With the input I got here, I'll probably forgo that.

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Re: Do your professors care about grammar?

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:03 pm

I got a B+ on a memo where the professor told me to read my work out loud to check for mistakes.




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