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Formulating questions : An important skill in legal writing (and in law generally) is that of posing good questions. It’s hard, of course, to be concrete about what makes for a good question and there are lots of sorts of good questions. One kind that is useful for sparking a discussion (as well as for developing a paper topic) suggests and briefly develops a specific problem, issue, or puzzle it would be interesting to address or discuss. What’s good about it is that it suggests or concisely alludes to a problem, a problem that could and should be explained and developed further in discussion or in a longer paper. Further, it calls for some sort of pointed answer or exploration of an answer to the problem. In other words, what is good about it is that it lends itself to expansion and elaboration -- to a deeper investigation of a well-defined topic. Your short assignments involve formulating such questions about the texts and drafts assigned in the workshop. You do not need to answer the questions. You do not need to have a sense of what the answers are or even how you’d go about thinking about it. Just try to formulate questions that reflect something you are interested in. Try to avoid terse and overly broad questions of the following form: "I don't understand what the author is saying. Does anybody else get it?" "What exactly is the problem with non-moralized views of causality?" "What's the practical significance of this paper?" "The argument about copyright on page 5 went by too fast. How could it be elaborated upon?" These are okay questions, to be sure,
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course LAW 555 taught by Professor Shiffrin during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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