I just finished my first draft of my second legal writing assignment, a six-page (1800 word) memo on a hypothetical case involving a broken marriage engagement. It was actually quite fascinating to see how my thoughts on the legal issues evolved, from the time I finished reading through the materials to the time I finished typing my memo.
At first, I had a neat little set of answers. The more I pored over the materials, though, and tried to express my expectations about how the court would handle various claims, the more my expectations changed. It was really very interesting. In fact, this kind of experience – that is, learning to attack a problem from all sides – is just downright good for you.