Thoughts on teaching paraphrasing to LL.M. students

Does this advice work with your LL.M. students?

Does this advice work with your LL.M. students?

Paraphrasing, i.e., conveying the same meaning using different words, is (like summarizing) a critical skill for any student in law school. It is frequently expected and requested of international LLM students, yet it is rare for students to be taught exactly how to do it, and even rarer still for students to be provided with opportunities for practice.

Sure, LLM students are often encouraged (or admonished) to “use your own words.” And we typically treat it as something that’s second nature, that you just do. But how exactly do you paraphrase? How did you learn to do it? How do you know how to do it?

The reality is that paraphrasing means Continue reading