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Ruth Ann McKinney, M.Ed., J.D.
Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D.
Core Grammar for LawyersSM (CGL) is an online, self-directed learning tool designed to help law students, pre-law students, paralegal professionals, and practicing attorneys acquire the grammar and punctuation skills that are prerequisites to successful legal writing.
This online learning tool includes all of the following:
- a Pre-Test of general and law-specific grammar skills;
- online Lessons on each tested topic;
- interactive practice Exercises following each Lesson;
- an Index of Grammar Rules for students to use as a reference; and
- Post-Tests to confirm mastery.
Studies by education professionals show that the best way to learn grammar is through one-on-one instruction with feedback. CGL uses the latest technology to create this type of one-on-one environment and to provide immediate feedback to students. The interactive Exercises included with each Lesson simulate real-world writing and provide immediate explanations about why a particular answer is correct or incorrect.
Hundreds of multiple-choice questions taken by over 4,500 students participating in the CGL Trial Test have been calibrated by a team of educational testing specialists. Students and teachers can rely with confidence on CGL’s Pre-Test and Post-Tests as valid assessment tools of the grammar skills taught by CGL.
Core Grammar for Lawyers (CGL) includes a Teacher's Manual with information for faculty and an optional online learning management system (LMS) to help Instructors track their students' progress (if they are interested in doing so). And, CGL is accessible to students using accommodations.
If you are interested in purchasing a subscription to Core Grammar for Lawyers, please visit the
CGL purchase page.