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. Students writing seminar papers, law review notes, or graduate papers are encouraged to attend our workshops on Academic Legal Writing: (1) Developing & Refining Your Topic, October 17, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. in room 5229; Organizing & Drafting Your Paper, November 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. in room 2225; (3) Revising & Polishing Your Paper, November 21, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. in room 5229. Contact Professor Ursula Weigold with any questions at email@example.com.
2. Daniel Poniatowski and Bryce Schoenborn are the winners of the two Best Brief Competitions sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing Program during the 2012-2013 academic year. Mr. Poniatowski (class of 2015) won the competition for first-year students, and Mr. Schoenborn (class of 2014) won the competition for second-year students. They wrote their winning appellate briefs in the LR&W II courses for their respective classes.
Both competitions involved three separate evaluation stages. First, the Legal Research and Writing faculty selected the best briefs written in their sections. Next, separate panels of Wisconsin attorneys evaluated the semi-finalists' briefs in each competition, and their rankings determined the finalists. The finalists' briefs were then judged independently by panels of law school faculty, whose rankings determined the winners.
The other finalists in the first-year students' competition were Nicholas Bullard, Jarvis Idowu, Amanda Kuklinski, Nathan Schlavensky, and Rachel Snyder. In the second-year students' competition, the other finalists were Andrea Davenport, Caitlin Madden, Matthew Misfeldt, Jacqueline Roush, and Kevin Van Ert.Resources & Links