Title

Equipping students for the real world: Using scaffolding experimental approach to teach the skill of legal drafting

Date of this Version

1-1-2013

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Johnson, T., & Cantatore, F. (2013). Equipping students for the real world: Using scaffolding experimental approach to teach the skill of legal drafting. Legal education review, 23(1), 113-130.

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2013 HERDC submission. FoR code: 180121

© Copyright, The Authors; Legal Education Review

ISSN

10332839

Abstract

This article responds to the difficulty that lawyers sometimes face in maintaining the balance between protecting their clients’ legal interests and translating complex legislative provisions into plain language that conveys the appropriate message to the intended audience. Using the example of a consumer credit contract transaction, Part II highlighted common drafting challenges. With these difficulties in mind, Part III discussed the theory of teaching legal skills, with a particular focus on teaching the skill of legal drafting, suggesting that a scaffolded experiential approach to skills development is an effective way to nurture the development of students’ legal drafting skills.

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