Is blogging the one single skill law schools ought to focus on?

Posted on 10-21-2013 by
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Wanted to share an interesting blog post from Kevin O'Keefe based upon what Carolyn Elefant (@carolynelefant), a Washington D.C. based attorney specializing renewable energies and widely respected author and speaker on practice management issues for small law firms, wrote in an open letter to law schools, Carolyn makes the point that all law schools should teach law students how to blog.

"If there is a single skill that I wish law schools would focus on, it should be blogging. I know I’m biased – I’m a blogger myself – but the discipline of writing regularly combined with the urgency of getting timely posts to press – has improved my legal writing immensely. Incorporating blogging into legal education is moronically easy. Professors could assign students to blog about the daily lecture, relevant topics (e.g., students could blog about bankruptcy law). Doesn’t have to be every day; maybe 3-4 posts per class per semester. Blogging would also get students comfortable with blogging software which is another key skill since they could offer to blog for practicing lawyers and help build up content."

What are your thoughts on this idea? Should law schools make it a point to teach law students how to blog? Do you think this is important? Please sahre with the group.

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