“To see between”: interviewing as a legal research tool.

“To see between”: interviewing as a legal research tool.

December, 14, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

An interesting article appeared in the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors from Susan Turley on interviewing as an important legal research tool. Susan states:

“Legal writers should recognise the power of storytelling in research and writing. A few lines from an interview will not transform an otherwise poorly researched, badly written article or paper into a masterpiece. Nor will interviews replace primary legal sources such as case law and statutes. Interviews can, however, help lift an article above the ordinary, especially when they provide information and insights not available elsewhere.

However, before a researcher can or will use interviews, she needs to know why they can be valuable and how to properly carry them out. while the rules for interviewing are not complex or arcane, they do sometimes require a shift in both attitude and practice for lawyers – and sometimes a step outside the comfort zone. Those who are willing to try to ‘see between’ will find the view worth the trouble”.

Source: Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors Fall 2010, Vol. 7, p283-309