buckiguy_sucks wrote:I'm confused about open/closed memo distinction. Is it p/f LRW? Did you guys not learn to do legal research in your other memos? Wouldn't that fuck you for the graded one? We've done 3 and are starting our graded memo at the end of the week, but two of our last ones we had to the research for independently so they were still "open"
The idea is not to try to learn research and writing all together, but separate them out into discrete lessons. Generally you'll have assignments where they're basically telling you what to find, teaching you the mechanics of research. Then you'll have assignments where you're given some issue and you're told to find the cases that control, teaching you the art of research. Then you'll have assignments where you write different component parts of a memo using a closed universe teaching you formatting/interpretation/writing; if the class is well organized, this will use the cases that you were supposed to have identified in a prior assignment. Finally (for ungraded assignments), you'll have the closed memo to practice putting all of the formatting/interpretation/writing skills together with an opportunity for feedback. Once you've done all that, you have the building blocks in place for the open memo and pray to god that the 2Ls and 3Ls who wrote this year's fact pattern didn't fuck it up (as they occasionally do).