Memoir and Legal Education

[3rd Class]

Class 3: Readings

"Getting Started" vignettes written by women law students at the College of Law, West Virginia University in the early 1980s. [Getting Here: Worlds of Silence: Women in Law School, 8 ALSA F. 1-124 (1984)]

Note for readers: When you read, keep a writer's journal that allows you to keep track of what you find in the readings that you might use in your own writing.

Class 3 Writings: Let's assume you've been asked to write a "memoir of a law student." What would you title such a memoir? And in thinking about the title, what difference does it make that it might be given one title and not another.

Once you've gotten past the title (and, of course, there's the possibility that the title may change as the memoir progresses), where will you begin this "memoir of a law student"? Reread Ruthann Robson's "Notes from a Difficult Case" and mark the various sentences that might be used (or rewritten to use) as the beginning lines of the essay. Does your "memoir of a law student" really need to begin with your first thoughts that you might want to go to law school? Should it begin with your first day of law school? Should it begin with who (and where) you are now?

Let's say you've given this idea of a "memoir of a law student" some considerable thought and you've decided it's just not what you most want to write about. So now you've got another question: If it's not the memoir of a law student, then a memoir of what? What other part or aspect of your life can you imagine writing out in memoir form?