The Madman and the Architect.

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The Madman and the Architect.

Postby BNA » Thu May 07, 2015 6:57 pm

Anyone read through Garner's legal writing stuff? Any thoughts on his methods - specifically the process below, and it's application on exams?

Madman - Creatively drop as many ideas on paper as possible within your allotted time without structure. A frienzied initial response to a stimulus or fact pattern.

Architect - Structure ideas into clear, linear (readable) narrative.

Carpenter - Forced evolution of ideas and simple application of fact to law to well-written narrative. (This is the primary process, although Garner relates each as equally important).

Judge - Basic proofreading/re-wording/clean-up.

I'm going to run through leews in July, and thought I'd ask for thoughts from the field on integrating this strategy into my writing. I appreciate this style. Thanks all.

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Re: The Madman and the Architect.

Postby thsmthcrmnl » Thu May 07, 2015 7:19 pm

While Garner is an excellent source on writing in general, it's unlikely you'll have anywhere close to enough time to follow his model on exams.

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Re: The Madman and the Architect.

Postby lukertin » Thu May 07, 2015 7:22 pm

You should IRAC literally everything. Practice now in law school so you don't fail the bar exam because your essay writing skills for legal exams blows shit

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