Using the Law Class to Teach Problem-Solving and Writing Skills

Nancy J. White

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Problem solving and writing skills are vital to an understanding of the law and how it applies to situations arising in the construction industry. The law class can be used to teach both skills. This paper presents a process for teaching students how to make a legal argument supported by premises. It also outlines a method to use in preparing a complete stand-alone paper containing the argument. The Appendix contains a set of three assignments with suggested solution. These assignments introduce the students to the problem-solving skills necessary to prepare a legal argument and show them how to make an outline in preparation for writing out a complete legal argument. These assignments can be completed during a class session and immediate feedback given to the students. Also included in the appendix are homework assignments requiring written arguments and samples of actual student work handed in response to the homework assignment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Construction Education
StatePublished - Sep 1999


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