University of Wisconsin–Madison

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.

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News & Announcements

  • Professor Sarah Hadjimarkos will speak at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in March on the topic "Finding Deeper Meaning: Guiding Students to Look Past What Courts Say and Extract What They Mean."
  • Professor Ursula Weigold began her duties as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at the law school in January 2019.
  • Professors Sarah Hadjimarkos and Trina Tinglum spoke at Chapman University School of Law in California on "Maintaining Empathy While Keeping Students Accountable" in November 2018.   
  • Professor Andrew Turner spoke at Ave Maria School of Law on "Elevating Your Program to the Next Level" in December 2018 and presented his paper "Let's Not Be Creative: Rigid IRAC and the Hidden Power of Formalistic Legal Writing" at the LWRR Section's Newer Scholars Showcase at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans in January 2019.
  • Sarah Wertz is the winner of the 2018 Best Brief Competition. The other finalists were Doug McIntosh, Julia Mumm, and Kelly Wilfert.  The Best Brief Competition is an annual event that recognizes outstanding legal writing by first-year students.  (See the Writing Competitions page for more information about the competition.)

More LR&W Faculty News here.

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