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. The semi-finalists in the Spring 2014 Best Brief Competition are Kevin Arns, Stephanie Command, Patrick DuBois, Patrick Ford, Andrew Harding, Bryce Loken, David Malkus, Kilian Murphy, Josh Noah, Kelsey O'Gorman, Konrad Paczuski, Kahini Ranade, Veronica Sustic, Brett Valentyn, and Catie White.
The Best Brief Competition is an annual event in which the Legal Research and Writing faculty select the best appellate briefs from among those written by their spring semester students. A panel of Wisconsin attorneys evaluate the semi-finalists' briefs and determine who will become finalists. A panel of Law School faculty then evaluate the finalists' briefs to determine the winner. The winner of the competition will be announced by the end of September 2014. Congratulations to the semi-finalists!
3. The "Writing Competitions" link has information about current legal-writing competitions around the country. Writing submissions by students can be on a variety of topics, and prize money can range from $1,000 to $10,000!
4. Professor Trina Tinglum spoke at the 2014 Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy, in May. Her topic was "Preparing to Teach Foreign Students."
5. Professors Ursula Weigold, Kim Peterson, and Deb Moritz spoke at the 2014 Capital Area Legal Writing Conference in Washington, D.C. in March. Professors Weigold and Peterson presented a session titled "Blended Learning; Can Online Skills Instruction Replace Traditional Classroom Teaching?" Professor Moritz spoke about "Starting a Clinic-LRW Collaborative Program--The Challenges of Bringing the Real World to the Legal Writing Classroom."Resources & Links