Legal Writing Program
We are home to the country's top-ranked legal writing program. That means you will graduate knowing how to research, write and advocate. A model nationwide, our program is known for our innovative, practice-oriented legal writing curriculum and small, interactive classrooms. Our program's reputation carries great weight with attorneys and employers.
Our professors are dedicated teachers and nationally known authors. They have published six books and countless articles, including many in use at other law schools. They also founded the Legal Writing Institute, a 2,200-plus member organization that has worked to foster the development of legal writing in law schools across the country and in numerous foreign countries. Faculty members have taught legal writing in Russia, India, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa.
SU’s Professor Sara Rankin Launches the Nation’s First & Only Legislation Law Prof Blog!
In March 2014, Professor Sara Rankin joined three co-editors across the country— Joel Rogers (Wisconsin), Emily Benfer (Chicago), and Kevin Barry (Quinnipiac)— to launch a new blog focused on legislative drafting, advocacy, and policymaking. The last few years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of clinical, legal writing, and doctrinal faculty focused on legislation and policymaking. Many schools have created new policy clinics or added policy work to existing clinics. More legal writing faculty are incorporating legislative drafting assignments into the curriculum. Almost every school has a legislation course. Despite the large demand in the legal academy for resources and information related to legislation, there was no centralized location for information sharing and discussion before now. Professor Rankin and her co-editors created a new blog focused on legislation and administrative advocacy and policymaking to fill this void and support our colleagues in the legal academy. Through the Legislation Law Prof Blog, Professor Rankin and her co-editors hope to make meaningful contributions to:
Teaching. Legislation permeates every aspect of law and is discussed to some extent in almost all law courses. The Legislation Law Prof Blog disseminates trends, innovative approaches, and other opportunities to teach about legislation and policymaking in the classroom.
Skills Training. Legislation provides unique and exciting ways for law faculty to incorporate experiential opportunities into our classrooms. The Legislation Law Prof Blog highlights these opportunities.
Advocacy. The Preamble to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct encourages all lawyers to “cultivate knowledge of the law beyond its use for clients [and] employ that knowledge in reform of the law.” The Legislation Law Prof Blog promotes the engagement of law faculty and students in the development of model policies responsive to the needs of underserved people and communities.
You can find the Legislation Law Prof Blog at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legislation_law/
Seattle University launched its first online Legal Writing Course
Seattle University launched its first online Legal Writing course designed for foreign attorneys and law students. It focuses on helping individuals who do not have English as their first language develop their ability to write clearly, concisely, and correctly in English.
Individuals who enroll in the course will listen to a series of lectures, complete a variety of writing exercises, and have their writing individually critiqued by Professor Laurel Currie Oates. Attorneys and law students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from Seattle University School of Law.
The online courses are a natural outgrowth of Seattle University’s Number 1 Legal Writing Program and the work that members of the legal writing faculty have done internationally. In offering the courses, the Law School recognizes that the ability to communicate effectively in English has become increasingly important in today’s global economy. The courses provide individuals from around the world a unique opportunity to learn to write effectively for U.S. legal readers.
Legal Writing Collaborative: Real Clients in the First Year
This program brings real clients and actual legal work into each first year Legal Writing course. These projects, done jointly with the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and described in the video below, provide exceptional training in practical skills, generate remarkable student satisfaction, and ignite student passion for the practice of law.
Professor Anne M. Enquist
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Legal Writing News
Hallmarks of our legal writing program are in-depth critiques, one-on-one writing conferences between the student and the professor, and our use of technology, both in and out of the classroom.