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ERIC Number: EJ905012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Law as Haiku
Olazabal, Ann Morales
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v22 n2 p123-147 Mar 2005
Haiku--the short, often nature-oriented poetry form--is generally intended to engage the reader in a single aesthetic moment. Every word, every syllable, counts, resulting in the reader being drawn quickly and intensely into the poet's unique experience. While legal analysis surely differs from haiku, in both its form and its substance, students and instructors of business law would do well to consider the haiku when striving toward good legal writing. The use of a restrictive format can supply a tool for beginning legal writers to tighten their writing, and, in the process, to make it more overtly logical and persuasive. Because legal reasoning and legal writing call for logical thinking and organized, persuasive writing, the introductory traditional business law course is an excellent place for a student to improve both analytical and writing skills. Indeed writing is an important learning tool, and by improving their persuasive writing, students necessarily improve their analytical thinking, and vice versa. This article advocates and illustrates the use of a standard form of essay answer to aid in this process. (Contains 37 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida