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.  Catherine E. White has won the 2014 Best Brief Competition sponsored by the Legal Research & Writing Program.   The Best Brief Competition is an annual event to recognize outstanding legal writing by 1L students.  The Legal Research and Writing faculty select the best appellate briefs from among those written by their spring-semester Legal Research & Writing II students.  Next, Wisconsin attorneys evaluate the semi-finalists' briefs and determine who will become finalists.  A panel of Law School faculty then independently evaluates the finalists' briefs to decide the winner.  Other finalists in the 2014 Best Brief Competition were Stephanie Command, Patrick DuBois, and Kelsey O'Gorman.     

2.  Professors Ursula Weigold, Margaret Baumgartner, and Andrew Turner spoke at the Wisconsin State Bar Appellate Practice Section's Appellate Advocacy Workshop in Milwaukee in October 2014. 

3.  Professors Andrew Turner and Sarah Hadjimarkos have joined the Legal Research & Writing Program.  Our new writing professors bring diverse experience and a wealth of expertise to the classroom.    

4.  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 has ranged from $1,000 to $10,000! 

5.  Professor Trina Tinglum spoke at the 2014 Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy, in May 2014.  Her topic was "Preparing to Teach Foreign Students." 

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Resources & Links

General Writing & Citation Resources

Writing Competitions

Pre-Trial Advocacy Motion Brief Template

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