Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Domo Arigato Mr Roboto

This writing class is going to make me crazy. This is why people hate the way lawyers write - because we are taught to write like machines. 4 steps for this, 3 steps for that, IRAC, CARUPAC (what???), thesis paragraph, and so on. There's no room for flexibility, for ideas that don't fit that pattern. And thus no respect for those ideas, because they don't get read, they don't make it into law reviews, they are never even written. I know there is value in understandable writing, and the formula is a way to make sure we are reasoning properly, but it all seems so rigid. I'm afraid I'll start thinking in these rigid patterns, and lose any creativity that I had.

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