More like six sprints really...
You should not take this to mean that you should write brilliantly in a creative sense. You can be a dull writer. If anything, you're encouraged to be a dull writer, because then you can focus on being systematic.
I'd love to join this LGBT club. It's the Legos, Gobots, Barbies, and other Toys group, right? I'll show up with an armful of toys.
Legal writing is the backbone of the profession.Law school, however, is all about issue-spotting. What is a legal issue? It's a question of fact or law (or both) that must be resolved in order to decide the case. Here is a famous example from a 2nd Circuit Opinion:Did John's dumping of vials of urine samples into the Hudson River violate section 1362 of the Clean Air and Water Act? Sub-issues:Did he dump into a navigable river? (Apply facts -- yes, this is not much of an issue. The Hudson is pretty navigable. But maybe you could argue they meant navigable in terms of commerce, not flowing waters.)Did he discharge pollution? (Apply facts -- probably, this is more debatable as an issue. Are vials pollution under the Act? We can look to legislative history. We may look at how other courts have looked. We might lose and Cert this, if there are circuit splits on whether such vials are pollution.)And so on. (If all of these issues are meet with an affirmative yes, then we can say he violated Section 1362 and is subject to the attendant penalties, as prescribed by Congress.)In order to do well, you need to write clearly, with this understanding. You should not take this to mean that you should write brilliantly in a creative sense. You can be a dull writer. If anything, you're encouraged to be a dull writer, because then you can focus on being systematic.
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