Click on the writing tab under the LRC Programs.
Getting the Most Out of the
1. Before you go to the LRC write a very brief, one paragraph summary, of the case. State only the most important and relevant facts of the case: the main parties involved, the problem at hand, and the opinion you will be presenting in the paper. Have the consultant read this brief explanation before reading your paper.
2. Show the consultant the “case write up evaluation form” so that he/she has a better idea of what you are required to do in your report.
3. Do not expect or ask the consultant for a ‘grammar check’ of your paper. This will not improve your paper. Ask the consultant to work with you on organization and structure.
4. Ask the consultant to read your executive summary and then ask him/her whether the summary clarifies all the issues of the case. Chances are that if the consultant doesn’t get it – no one else will.
5. Ask the consultant whether you have clarified who the intended audience is and who the writer of the report is.
6. If there is any more time left, ask the consultant to read the first 2-3 pages of the report and point out any problems with sentence structure, tenses, articles, and word choice.
7. Be patient and polite at all times. Understand that although you have spent the last week or so with “Ali’s Gators,” or “Rocky Mountain Trees”, or “Downtown Wine and Spirits” but the consultant has only spent two minutes with these folks, and does not know them as well as you do.