evant issues. Unfortunately, too many law students arrive on campus inca-
pable of engaging in analytic writing; some are even incapable of recog-
nizing effective analytic writing. Again, the source and cause of students’
analytic writing skill deficits is beyond the scope of this essay; here, I note
the deficits’ significance. Many graded and ungraded law school assess-
ments require analytic writing; the bar exam requires it, and the ability to
produce effective written analysis is central to success in the legal profes-
sion. To the extent a law student is unable to conform his written text to
basic grammar and punctuation conventions and conduct a written analy-
sis of an issue, the student is unprepared for the rigorous expectations of
legal education.
C. Students’ Work Ethic is Weak
In addition to gaps in knowledge and written language deficiencies, begin-
ning law students also lack a sufficiently developed work ethic. Work ethic
is central to success in law school and the legal profession because it en-
ables a student to master substantive content for assessments in school,
and in practice it enables a lawyer to be fully prepared to represent his
client’s interests. Work ethic is an individual’s ability to motivate himself to
complete a task, stay focused on the task, and persevere through difficul-
ties associated with the task until he has completed the task. Work ethic is
essential in the study of law because learning requires work. Learning oc-
curs when an individual assimilates new information and draws upon and
uses the new information to solve problems. Thus, learning involves the
following tasks: assimilation, which is accurately and precisely linking new
information to previously stored information; recall, which involves drawing
information into the working memory; and application, which occurs when
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