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Query: do you eventually plateau in your research and writin ambulancechaser201310/09/17
Maybe it's just that I don't practice in a research heavy en themapmaster10/09/17
You get worse as time goes. Being a good law and motion atto jorgedeclaro10/10/17
I'm sure you can always improve in your writing. Research on thirdtierlaw10/10/17
I'm of the firm opinion that your writing can always improve spaghetti10/12/17
You having an existential crisis Ambulance Chaser? Lots of jd4hire10/12/17
ambulancechaser2013 (Oct 9, 2017 - 7:32 pm)

Query: do you eventually plateau in your research and writing skills? I had a person mention to me that you can become better but it’s something you plateau in. Is it like the LSAT, you will plateau based on your baseline IQ/ intelligence? Do you agree with this statement!

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themapmaster (Oct 9, 2017 - 8:17 pm)

Maybe it's just that I don't practice in a research heavy enough area, but my experience and opinion is that it at some point, people plateau because it just gets mastered and there's no room for improvement. in other words, it's more like checkers.. not chess. The LSAT is more like chess.

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jorgedeclaro (Oct 10, 2017 - 12:29 pm)

You get worse as time goes. Being a good law and motion attorney takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of time to do good research and it takes a lot of time write a good brief. As you get a heavier case load and you lose your stamina to pull late nights without losing mental functionality, you lose out on the quality time needed to research and write.

Second, a masterpiece brief is largely written from scratch. As you run into similar-ish cases as you get older, there is an irresistible urge to borrow heavily from your previous masterpiece. The problem is that the cases aren't quite the same. You think you can edit around this, but you will miss things. Also, you will miss new case law because you are relying on your old cites without finding the new case law. If you try and research it from scratch again, everything will look the same at first glance, feel like a waste of time, so you will give up and go back to borrowing.

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thirdtierlaw (Oct 10, 2017 - 3:08 pm)

I'm sure you can always improve in your writing. Research on the other hand will hit a mastery point. You other find the cases quickly or not.

I think a lot of it also depends on the work that you are doing. My bosses always gave me a hardtime when I first started because I drafted everything from scratch and my motions were "too long".

I practice crim and fam law. The judges, if I'm lucky, will scan the motion and then just set it for a hearing. So my time is better spent preparing for oral arguments vs. Drafting a more persuasive motion.

However, I've seen my appellate briefs improve in quality as I write more of them.

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spaghetti (Oct 12, 2017 - 2:10 am)

I'm of the firm opinion that your writing can always improve. One way it can really improve is how long a brief takes and how competently you can focus in on what matters.

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jd4hire (Oct 12, 2017 - 9:52 am)

You having an existential crisis Ambulance Chaser? Lots of introspective questions.

My two bits - research is more and more how well you are at navigating the research platform. I know a few very intelligent individuals who suck at research simply because they can't navigate Westlaw/ Lexis and don't know the various features they both offer. Research abilities are also heavily hampered due to access to research resources.

As to writing capabilities, it is ever evolving. You can go downhill or uphill, IMO.

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