Debating the role of professional writing in law schools today

Dr Maribel Canto-Lopez organised a debating event to discuss the role of professional writing in legal education today. The widely attended event included presentations from academics, law practitioners, current and alumni students.

The requirement of producing employable graduates is well established in Higher Education. The focus of this debate is to identify how far ‘professional writing’ activities introduced in Law School curriculum are helpful in equipping students with the skills they need (from a liberal legal education and vocational viewpoints).

In the last few years Leicester Law School has embedded professional writing assignments into modules with collaboration from Careers Services and international Law firms, and entice participation through a competitive prize. What do other Law Schools do about professional writing?

The event included a panel of current and alumni students from different UK institutions who gave their perception of professional writing and how it helped post-university.

The main outcome of the debate was the advantage for students who experience different types of written communications (beyond exams and essays), making them think about different audiences.

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