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ERIC Number: EJ875959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2816
Breaking Professional Boundaries: What the MacCrate Report on Lawyering Skills and Values Means for TPC Programs
Todd, Jeff
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v38 n3 p241-263 2008
In 1992, the American Bar Association released the MacCrate Report, which listed the ten skills and four professional values that all attorneys need and critiqued law schools and state bars for not doing enough to teach and encourage the development of these skills and values. In response, law schools have significantly increased the skills-based components in their curricula, and most state bar exams now include a performance test. Technical and Professional Communication (TPC) programs already provide substantial instruction in all of the skills and values described in the MacCrate Report; further, an education in TPC prepares graduates to excel in law school and on the bar exam. This knowledge offers opportunities for growth if educators, administrators, and scholars take steps to encourage students to consider not only writing for but also joining in the legal profession.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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