Our legal writing curriculum reflects the Law School's strong commitment to helping every student learn essential lawyering skills. The Legal Research and Writing Program offers courses in legal research, analysis, and writing for students at all levels.
Students gain intensive legal research and writing experience in their first year of law school at Wisconsin. They learn to research the law in both traditional and electronic formats and to prepare a variety of legal documents typical of law practice. Upper-level students have a variety of choices for advanced legal writing instruction in seminars, clinics, doctrinal courses, and specialized research and writing courses.
Legal Research and Writing in the First Semester
News & Announcements
1. Lindsey Klarkowski is the winner of the 2017 Best Brief Competition sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing Program. Charis Zimmick is the runner-up in the competition. Other finalists are Miles Walser and Julia Walsh. Congratulations to these great legal writers!
The Best Brief Competition is an annual event that recognizes outstanding legal writing by first-year students. The Legal Research and Writing faculty select the best appellate briefs from among those written by their spring semester students. Next, Wisconsin attorneys evaluate the semi-finalists' briefs to determine who will become finalists. A panel of Law School faculty then evaluates the finalists' briefs to decide the winner.
2. Professors Ursula Weigold and Kim Peterson spoke at the Central States Legal Writing Conference in Indianapolis in September 2017 on “A Few Tools for Blending Online Learning into LR&W Courses."
3. Professor Trina Tinglum taught a course titled "An Introduction to American Law" at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, in July-August 2017.
4. Professors Sarah Hadjimarkos and Ursula Weigold participated in the Association of Legal Writing Directors Innovative Teaching Workshop in July 2017 in Minneapolis. Professor Hadjimarkos spoke about "In-Class Writing and Editing Workshops," and Professor Weigold spoke about "Using Screencasting as a Teaching Tool."
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