The Second Draft
Legal writing is a process. Writing, however, is not a process that occurs in a straight line. An important part of the writing process is editing. Editing during different stages of the writing process can reveal organizational as well as analytical problems, in addition to grammatical and spelling mistakes. As Justice Brandeis said, "[t]here is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting.” The time and extent spent on editing skills conveys the importance of editing. Devoting class time to editing and making it interactive allows students to focus on editing and practice their editing skills. In my experience, students sometimes overlook the importance of editing and the critical role it plays in producing quality writing. Students often do not spend enough time editing or view it as merely proofreading. Students must learn the skill of editing.
14:1 THE SECOND DRAFT (1999)