We believe effective legal writing forms the foundation of a successful legal career. Our nationally-recognized program will teach you the legal writing and analysis that you will do on a regular basis as a practicing attorney.

Real-world training

Real Clients in the First Year is an innovative element of the Legal Writing curriculum where all 1L students work on a social justice-focused case with our legal clinic or with local nonprofits.

  • We prepare students for "the real world" by focusing on the process that lawyers use to research and analyze legal issues.
  • Students can then use that process to solve the legal issues encountered in upper-division experiential classes, in summer internships and externships, and in post-graduate jobs and clerkships.
  • Students research and analyze an issue for the clinic or nonprofit and then present their results.
  • Students have worked on a range of issues, including immigration law, language access in the courts, wage theft, treatment of incarcerated pregnant women, and many others.
  • Our clinic and nonprofit partners have used students’ work to successfully challenge certain actions, support changes to administrative regulations, and assist with lobbying for legislative changes.

Innovative teaching

  • Carefully sequenced assignments allow students to practice and master critical research and writing skills while new concepts are introduced to build on previous lessons.
  • Students have multiple opportunities to practice the skills that they learn, and assignments become increasingly complex throughout the program.
  • Readings and exercises are coordinated so you apply your legal writing training to your clinics and externships later in law school.

Expert faculty

  • Our professors, the program’s cornerstone, are excellent teachers who continually work to make classes interesting, engaging, and relevant to today's practice of law.
  • Professors deliver extensive feedback on assignments and work closely with students, both in class and individually, to help them analyze and revise their own work.
  • Students have the opportunity to apply that feedback to revise drafts to create even better final products.
  • Not only do our professors work with students one-on-one, but we employ a writing advisor to provide additional assistance.
  • They are also prolific scholars and recognized experts who have literally written the book on legal writing through textbooks and influential articles.

Contact us

Mimi Samuel

Kathryn Boling
Acting Associate Director

Lori Lamb
Sr. Administrative Assistant