The program has been very well received by our associates. One of them had this to say: “The challenge is worth the work and promises the reward of taking one’s writing to a new and unimaginable level.” —Cindy Haynes, National Legal Talent Director, Norton Rose Fulbright
“Writers at different experience levels are doing the workout and raving about it.” —Mark Cowing, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
The paths are individually tailored and cover a broad range of skills and levels. They can help anyone from a future law student to a senior partner. We even offer a version for staff.
Most important, we have a slew of data proving that the workouts test and teach skills tied to superior performance:
How does it work?
Each user starts with one of our three brand-new Computer Adapted Testing assessments. The testing algorithms continually adjust the difficulty level and question type based on the user’s performance so that the system can calculate a reliable workout starting point in just twenty minutes.
The user then embarks on a personalized workout path. The paths are arranged by level and consist of mixed sets of questions. Most sets take about fifteen minutes.
Each time the user logs in, the Learning Management System picks up where it left off:
After completing an assigned learning path, the user advances to the next series of paths. And because the Computer Adapted Testing assessments generate different questions during each administration, periodic retesting is also possible if you want to chart a user’s progress over time.
What are the workout paths like?
While we do provide some reference material, the best way to improve skills is to engage in active learning by doing exercises. We now have thousands of exercises with calibrated difficulty levels and proven correlations with overall writing skill.
Most important, the user gets immediate feedback after answering each multiple-choice question or editing prompt.
For the multiple-choice sets, the user needs to hit a percentage target before moving on to the next set. Other checks also help make sure that the user grasps the content before moving on.
Some sets have legal content, but most do not.
What’s the principle behind the workout structure?
Call it “Cognitive Confusion.”
By design, the sets are arranged by difficulty, not by topic or skill. Here’s why: With most writing exercises, you know what rule or skill you’re being drilled on. For example, let’s say you learn how to maintain parallel structure with the “not only/but also” construction. And let’s say that you then get a chance to apply that rule to a series of five flawed sentences. Here’s the good news: You’ll probably be able to do so.
But here’s the not-so-good news: A month or a year later, when you’re writing under time pressure with a hundred thoughts swimming in your head, no one will be there to whisper to you that you just wrote a sentence with a “not only/but also” parallelism problem. If all you’ve done is that one-off exercise set, there’s little chance you’ll spot the issue, let alone resolve it confidently. That’s because you need to be able to spot writing issues even when you aren’t explicitly looking for them.
That’s why each of our workout sets tests and teaches varied skills. Not knowing what’s being tested can make the workouts more challenging and even frustrating. But that “Cognitive Confusion” is what helps you learn efficiently and meaningfully.
Can we do anything to encourage and track participation and measure performance and improvement?
Our Learning Management System has gamification options, including points, badges, and leaderboards for users willing to reveal their names.
You can also access reports that track participation.
And you can even reassess users after a set number of months or learning paths.
What if people have done previous Legal Writing Pro online workouts?
No worries. These new workouts are entirely different in both form and content.
And we will keep refreshing both the assessment items and the workout sets.
Great! So how much does it cost?
The fee for E-Learning workout packages, which include a state-of-the-art pre-assessment and post-assessment along with access to participation reports, starts at $390 per user for three months of unlimited active use. Quantity discounts are possible, as are packages that include the BriefCatch editing plug-in.