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 courses.
Legal Research and Writing in the First Semester
News & Announcements
1. Professors Kim Peterson and Trina Tinglum will speak on "Benefiting From Our Colleagues' Strengths" at the Association of Legal Writing Directors' conference in Milwaukee in June 2013.
2. Three Advanced Legal Writing courses will be offered in Fall 2013: Contract Drafting; Drafting & Working With Statutes; and Writing for Law Practice. More information is available here.
3. The Legal Research & Writing Program is pleased to announce the semi-finalists for Fall 2012 whose appellate briefs qualified them for the 2012-13 Best Brief Competition. The Fall 2012 semi-finalists are: Kelliann Blazek, Anita Boor, Stephen Cirillo, Andrea Davenport, Lisa Holl Chang, Emily Hutchens, Vanessa Kuettel, Jennifer Limbach, and Monica Wedgewood. Another nine semi-finalists will be chosen at the end of the Spring 2013 semester. The 18 briefs will then go to two panels of judges, who will select the winner of the competition during the summer.
4. Information about student writing competitions (with cash prizes!) is available here.
5. Students working on writing samples for impending job or fellowship applications are welcome to consult any of the Legal Research & Writing faculty about research, writing, or citation questions. Come to suite 4373 to see which professor is available.
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