chicoalto0649 wrote:The vibe I am getting from this board is that your legal writing course is somewhat of a joke (no offense!)/ not taken too seriously by many people. Do you feel like you are learning something in terms of legal writing? I really want to go to a school with a strong LRW (do these even exist??) and kinda getting turned off by Indiana.....
I've heard better things about other LRW teachers than mine. Mine was certainly NOT a slack class. I most likely spent more time in LRW than two of my other classes combined. Most of that time was trying to figure out what to do. Our memo was a mixture of what two or three books tell you to do, with some changes by the professor, with no guide or idea. They want to make sure everyone does the memo themselves. That was then taken to the extreme, where they would tell you nothing about the memo.
If you want to go to a school with a strong LRW program, move down on the US News. I know Mercer has one of the best writing programs.
Sounds weird huh? Not Harvard, Yale, etc?
Law firms don't pay people 6 figures to do research and write memos. If you have any legitimate job, someone else will be doing most of the leg work. I heard the memo we wrote should take around 30 hours for a professional. You can imagine the costs getting really high, well into the thousands, and all that has been done is some research and writing. Most things that you would need a memo for, odds are, your firm has already done. Proper protocol would be to pull out a previously written memo and change the names. If not done, you could realistically get 90% of the research done, along with a general outline, in a few hours.
So, unless my understanding is completely wrong, some of the easier schools to get into place a large amount of their students into jobs through their legal writing. Think of it "Advanced Filing" or something close, and you can understand why some of the schools that are best at legal writing are who they are.