The Legal Research & Writing Program

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

Legal Research and Writing in the Second Semester

News & Announcements

1.  Joseph S. Diedrich has won the 2015 Best Brief Competition sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing Program.  The Best Brief Competition is an annual event to recognize 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 Legal Research and Writing II students.  Next, Wisconsin attorneys evaluate the semi-finalists' briefs to determine who will become finalists.  A panel of Law School faculty then independently evaluates the finalists' briefs to determine the winner.  Other finalists in the 2015 Best Brief Competition were Shannon Lins and Jessica Schultz.

Resources & Links

General Writing & Citation Resources

Writing Competitions

Pre-Trial Advocacy Motion Brief Template

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