The Legal Research & Writing Program

Student studiesOur 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

  1. Professor Ursula Weigold will begin her duties as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at the law school in January 2019.
  2. Professors Sarah Hadjimarkos and Trina Tinglum will speak at Chapman University School of Law in California on "Maintaining Empathy While Keeping Students Accountable" in November 2018.   
  3. Professor Andrew Turner will speak at Ave Maria School of Law on "Elevating Your Program to the Next Level" in December 2018 and present 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. Professors Dustin Brown and Desmund Wu have joined the Law School's Legal Research & Writing faculty.  Welcome! 
  6. Professors Ursula Weigold and Kim Peterson spoke at the 18th Biennial Legal Writing Institute Conference in Milwaukee in July 2018 on “Some User-Friendly Tools to Support Online Learning in LR&W."
  7. Professor Trina Tinglum and Associate Dean Carrie Sperling spoke at the 18th Biennial Legal Writing Institute Conference in Milwaukee in July 2018 on "How to Use Learning Outcomes and Assessments to Foster Growth Mindsets in Your Legal Writing Course."
  8. Professor Andrew Turner taught a course on Contract Drafting at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, in July-August 2018.


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