AbstractThis article introduces the reader to the idea of "Applied Legal Storytelling," and differentiates it from law and literature. The goal of applied legal storytelling, through conferences and the resulting lawyering (clinic, legal writing, and skills) scholarship, is to create a rich and accessible dialogue about the how, when and why of stories and storytelling in legal practice. The conferences support professors create a foundation for future lawyers by teaching story and storytelling as part of a primary pedagogy. The scholarship promotes legal practice as well as legal education. Behind the idea is the simple truth that stories are essential ingredients in human interaction and a primary form of communication. An audience responds to stories in one of three ways: response-shaping, response-reinforcing, or response-changing. Thus, stories are cognitive instruments as well as a means of argumentation in and of themselves.
NoteSince the initial conference in 2007, the Applied Legal Storytelling Conference has grown to become a biennial event. A bibliography published in 2015 listed 90+ works published in this emerging discipline.
SubjectsApplied legal storytelling, Legal storytelling, Legal narrative, Legal writing, Legal rhetoric, Law and narrative
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