Continuing Legal Education

Individual Consultations on Legal Writing

Professor Anne Enquist, the Director of our nationally ranked Legal Writing Program, is offering one-on-one consultations for lawyers who want to improve their legal writing. These consultations will be individualized to meet the specific needs of each writer.

Professor Enquist will help you develop your writing strengths and overcome your writing weaknesses using strategies she has developed over 33 years as Seattle U's Writing Advisor.

A package of three consultations is $750. Dates, times, number of meetings, and location for the individual consultations will be arranged when they are mutually convenient.  For more information, contact Professor Enquist at:

Mastering Legal Writing

June 24-26, 2015 | 18 CLE credits pending

In today's legal market, one of the most valued skills is the ability to write clearly, concisely, and correctly. Clients, senior partners, and judges all appreciate lawyers who can write well.


This course is spread over three days with interactive sessions. Each day will feature a series of short lectures followed by exercises that allow participants to apply the skills just taught. In addition, if you choose to do so, you will have the opportunity to revise and edit one of your own pieces of writing.

For more information please contact Professor Laurel Oates.


Day 1

Focus will be on "big picture" issues: audience and purpose and large- and small-scale organization. In addition, we will talk about what are for many writers "the enemies of good writing": procrastination and multi-tasking. 

8:30 a.m. Sign-in and coffee
9:00 a.m. Audience and Purpose
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Conventional Organizational Schemes
12:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15 p.m. How Content Affects Organization
2:45 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m. Small-scale Organization
4:30 p.m. ADJOURN

Day 2

Day 2 will focus on smaller issues. The day will start by talking about problem sentences: the effective use of the active and passive voice; and techniques for managing longer sentences. We will then address how to use transitions, including use of dovetailing to connect sentences and paragraphs. Wrapping up the day we will address what for many writers is one of the hardest tasks of all: making our points concisely and precisely.

8:30 a.m. Sign-in and coffee
9:00 a.m. Sentences
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Active Voice
Passive Voice
Managing Longer Sentences
12:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15 p.m. Transitions
2:45 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m. Writing Concisely
Writing Precisely
4:30 p.m. ADJOURN

Day 3

On the last day we will bring everything together.  The day will start by answering the questions about grammar and punctuation that you have always wanted to ask but did not know whom to ask. During the process we will debunk some of the myths about writing. Why did your third grade teacher tell you that you should never start a sentence with "because"? Finally we will spend time on techniques for writing persuasively and on ways in which you can develop your own writing style. At the end of this class you will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

8:30 a.m. Sign-in and coffee 
9:00 a.m. Grammar
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Myths
12:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15 p.m. Writing Persuasively
2:45 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m. Style
4:30 p.m. Evaluations and Adjourn


This summer's course is being taught by Professor Laurel Currie Oates, one of the founders of Seattle University's nationally ranked legal writing program. Professor Oates has taught legal writing for more than 30 years and is the co-author of five books on Legal Writing.





General Registration - $995.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $945.00