Do your 1L LRW papers have word count?

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LRW word count on submitted work?

Yes
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No
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things fall apart
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Do your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby things fall apart » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:52 am

I seem to have trouble with the word count my school has put on LRW submissions. I think our department is pretty bad, but I want to know about everyone else.

Also please post something about your school whether region or ranking range.

I'll say yes at a midwestern school.
Last edited by things fall apart on Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:37 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Does your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby DoubleChecks » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:58 am

of course there should be a word count (i know this isn't the question). a large part of LRW is about learning to write well (which means in a concise manner lol). short of extreme examples, you can ALWAYS cut your paper down and NOT suffer in quality. it makes writing difficult, sure, but it also makes you a better writer.

sorry, i am a bit ornery on this subject after reading the thread by the HYS poster who failed LRW because he couldn't get his paper in under the limit after multiple attempts. it is just dumb imo.

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TTH
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Re: Does your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby TTH » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:21 am

Get used to it.

Every court in the country has local rules that set forth page/word limits on briefs. This is why LRW has the same.

At my school (OSU), our legal writing professor just placed the hypothetical case in one of the district courts and our briefs had to comply with whatever rules that court had, and it was on us to look them up. Not that hard really. The key is not to procrastinate* so that you have time to edit.


* - I concede I'm unable to not procrastinate, but do as I say, not as I do

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Re: Do your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby random5483 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:47 pm

I answered yes, but I want to clarify. We did not have a word limit. Rather, we had a page limit along with set font/spacing/marging requirements. It effectively created a word count, but was not exactly a word count.

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Re: Do your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby AlexanderSupertramp » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:01 pm

We have page limits with a set font and margin size.

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Re: Do your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby ilovesf » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:26 pm

AlexanderSupertramp wrote:We have page limits with a set font and margin size.

ditto. it's always easy to get to trim stuff off if you're having a problem OP. My paper was 10.5 pages, and after meeting with my prof, it is now a bit under 9.

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Re: Do your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby acrossthelake » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:29 pm

random5483 wrote:I answered yes, but I want to clarify. We did not have a word limit. Rather, we had a page limit along with set font/spacing/marging requirements. It effectively created a word count, but was not exactly a word count.


I said no, but what I meant was this. Page limits make more sense to me than word limits anyway.

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Re: Do your 1L LRW papers have word count?

Postby DoubleChecks » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:38 pm

Yes, sorry, to clarify, my post and vote were directed to word counts and/or page limits. They effectively function as the same thing so I treated them the same (and assumed the OP did as well).




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