ilovesf wrote:blowhard wrote:crossarmant wrote:My professor would lose her shit if we string-cited anything in our memo. Though, I'm honestly thinking of following some of the other guys' suggestions of just doing okay in LRW and taking a B+ or something and focusing my efforts on the other 3 substantive classes and trying for the As there since they're 4 credits instead of 2 like LRW.
Are you sure about that? String cites are not only acceptable they are encouraged and are standard practice. If she won't allow a string cite with an explanatory parenthetical, I'd report her to the Dean because she's doing you a major diservice.
My LWR prof took us to meet with a Court of Appeal justice this week, and they both said that in practice they hate string citations and don't like to see them. But they made a point that we have to use them in our memos now because it is imperative that you can use them in case your future employer likes them.
My prof is like this. She says it's like dirtying up a memo and that unless you are explicitly applying how that case ties to a memo that it's just wasting time. She brought us one a number of field trips to various law offices, DA's, Public Defenders, etc. to illustrate how legal writing incorporates into real practice. Through all of that, she stresses keeping it clean and keeping every case relevant, even her reviewing of our practice memos came down to verbally reading it like a supervising attorney. So, I can understand her hatred of string cites, but it does become mildly inconvenient.