FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING
law. As a result, a solid understanding of economic tools and principles is
indispensable to legal education.
Without question legal education and the legal profession benefit from
drawing students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. However,
to the extent the students’ backgrounds are deficient in American history,
American government, and economics, students arrive in law schools un-
derprepared to fully understand the law they will acquire.
B. Students Lack the Writing Skills to Express What They
In addition to knowledge-based deficiencies, students also arrive at law
school with significant writing skill deficits. Specifically, students struggle
with basic grammar and punctuation, and they have great difficulty generat-
ing analytic text
The sources and causes of students’ grammar and punc-
tuation deficiencies is a topic for another project; here, I acknowledge only
that students have a limited understanding of basic sentence construction,
noun/verb agreement, noun/pronoun referents, comma and semi-colon us-
age, and paragraph structure. Their writing deficiencies slow them in timed
written assessments and obstruct their ability to explain and apply the law
with clarity and efficiency. Such limitations affect students’ performance
on graded assessments, internship and externship work product, the bar
exam, and work product completed in law clerk positions.
Analytic writing is the ability to use written text to break an issue down
into its sub-issues, address the individual sub-issues, and discuss the sig-
nificance of relationships between the sub-issues, the issue, and other rel-
7 See D
(6th ed., 2011).