Integrating writing with substantive courses is better left to advanced courses for several potential reasons. First, students (hopefully) have had basic legal writing instruction. Thus the professor will not be teaching novices and can expect students to have fundamental skills. Second, the professor can build on the skills learned in the first year. Third, the professor can design writing assignments that emphasize the kind of documents important in that subject matter area. And finally, the professor can use the assignments to emphasize either the most important topics in the course or topics that she does not have time to cover in depth. The emphasis for the session would be on choosing the most appropriate courses for an integrated approach, the design of the problems, and setting up a workable schedule that balances the substantive area with the legal writing instruction. It would also touch on integrating other skills, such as interviewing and counseling.
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