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May 9, 2016

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we are talking about writing effectively in a summer legal job. Joining us as a guest is Doretta McGinnis, who has taught Legal Writing for many years and is now a Law School Toolbox tutor. 

If you are working this summer in a legal context, tune in for tips on how to shine!

In this episode we discuss:

  • How does writing in a legal job context compare to writing in law school? 
  • What will you be writing (and what you probably won't be doing)
  • Handling things you may be asked to do but haven't seen in law school
  • Getting guidance on your assignment and clarifying what you need to produce
  • The importance of maintaining a record of what you do for research assignments
  • What is an employer looking for in a summer employee? 
  • What should you be able to do in your summer job?
  • What should your writing look like? 
  • Objective writing vs. persuasive writing
  • The importance of asking questions
  • Deadlines and how to meet them! 
  • How to anticipate the needs of your supervisor and why it's important to check in
  • What to bring to meetings
  • Getting the backstory on a case
  • Is it ever OK to turn in an incomplete first draft?
  • Behaving like a professional

Thanks for listening!

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Enjoy! And best of luck at your summer jobs.

Alison & Lee


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