New book: “Supporting Graduate Student Writers: Research, Curriculum, and Program Design”

Simpson_new.inddI want to share information received from Nigel Caplan (one of the authors) regarding a new book that has been released that I think may be of interest to the law school “legal English” community, even though it’s focus seems to be primarily non-law school graduate students.

Supporting Graduate Student Writers: Research, Curriculum, and Program Design (University of Michigan Press, 2016)

The collection is edited by Steve Simpson, Talinn Phillips, Michelle Cox, and Nigel Caplan.(all Consortium on Graduate Communications members) and includes the results of the CGC survey of members, chapters by many colleagues on the CGC listerv, and profiles of interesting and graduate support programs in the US, Canada, Australia, and Sweden. (Paraphrased from Nigel Caplan’s original listserv message.) 

While there is certainly a great deal of focus and energy devoted to legal writing for international students, I believe there is much yet to be done in the legal writing environment from the kind of language support perspective that Caplan and his colleagues have delved into. (Note: You can follow Caplan’s blog here.)

I look forward to reading this book as well as to attending the Consortium on Graduate Communication’s Summer Institute at Yale University next week (June 9-11) to continue learning more about how to teach writing and support writers at the graduate level.