LawProse Lesson #407 The Troubling Decline of the Humanities

LawProse Lesson #407 The Troubling Decline of the Humanities

Writing is a basic skill, especially in law. And so those of you who read last month in The New Yorker that humanities majors are declining precipitously in universities everywhere might have been alarmed. In the past decade, English majors have fallen by half in many if not most universities. At Harvard, the dean of undergraduate studies was quoted as saying that her students had trouble identifying the subject and the verb in a sentence.          

Things have changed and are still changing.          

In this technological age, the question is how we can motivate and inspire students to write—and, more than that, to write competently. How can we help them produce lucid, accurate, and well-phrased prose?          

It’s never too late. At any stage of your career, you can learn these things. But you must find that rare teacher who both instructs pleasingly and motivates effectively.          

At LawProse, we have such a teacher. Find yours wherever you can.

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