Friday, April 01, 2005

Best legal writing programs?

U.S. News will include legal writing as a ranked specialty with its law-school rankings this year. The issue is not out, but another blog has listed the ten schools that it says U.S. News will give as the top ten in legal writing.

If that list is accurate, I'd love to comment on it. But I'm not sure if it's wise to comment on it until I'm sure the list is right. I'm holding off for now.

The plan to rank legal writing programs divided legal writing professors when it was announced on the LWI listserv last fall. Some thought it a necessary and beneficial step on the way to due recognition for our field. Others saw it as divisive, promoting competition in a field that has been supportive and helpful.

I think if we want to be treated like doctrinal, tenure-track professors, we'll have to endure scrutiny, rankings, and competition. But I know my school will not rank well: too few credits, too few faculty. So I'm torn.

More to come . . .

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