Tell Your FAIL Stories

By: Professor L. Danielle Tully Not surprisingly, we are often wrong.  Sometimes we make simple, embarrassing errors, like hitting reply-all when we shouldn’t (most of us can tell that story).  More often, even for seasoned attorneys, our most troubling errors occur when we are exercising judgment, when we feel like we made the right (or… Continue Reading Tell Your FAIL Stories

Legal Writing Matters: How Legal Writing Prepares Students For the Bar Exam

By Sabrina DeFabritiis In anticipation of Massachusetts’s adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), Suffolk Law is incorporating into the first-year legal writing program a Capstone, modeled after the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).  Historically the Massachusetts Bar Exam has been comprised of the Multistate Bar Exam and 10 state specific essays.  July 2018 will be… Continue Reading Legal Writing Matters: How Legal Writing Prepares Students For the Bar Exam

The Joy of Legal Writing

by Rebekah Hanley One of the most-consulted reference books in my home is The Joy of Cooking, a timeless classic.  The book’s title reminds readers that cooking is work that can be deeply satisfying. The title also reminds me of the joy of legal writing, because preparing written legal analysis can be just as gratifying… Continue Reading The Joy of Legal Writing

Legal Writing Matters: Bridging the Gap between Substance and Skill

By Abigail Perdue So often I hear first-year law students admit to allocating less time to Legal Writing because it “matters less” than other “substantive” courses. Nothing could be further from the truth. After all, Legal Writing is a substantive course. “Substantive” is defined as “possessing substance, having practical importance, value, or effect.” Doesn’t Legal… Continue Reading Legal Writing Matters: Bridging the Gap between Substance and Skill

Legal Writing Matters: Being Prepared for Law Practice Means Being Able to Use the Everyday Tools of Lawyers

By Gabe Teninbaum Can you format a pleading in Word, or create a formula in Excel? Think it doesn’t matter for lawyers? Think again. I’ve noticed in my years of teaching that many law students aren’t always very good at using the tools they’ll use every day in the practice of law. I admit, it’s… Continue Reading Legal Writing Matters: Being Prepared for Law Practice Means Being Able to Use the Everyday Tools of Lawyers