Ursula Weigold

Associate Dean, Experiential Learning; Clinical Professor of Law

Ursula  Weigold


Room 5211C, Law School

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Professor Weigold joined the faculty in 2010 as the Director of Legal Research & Writing.  In 2019, she became Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, overseeing law clinics, externships, legal research and writing, and other skills courses. She has had over twenty-five years of teaching experience in legal research, analysis, writing, and advocacy at three previous law schools, most recently at Cornell Law School in New York.  Additionally, Professor Weigold has had fifteen years of experience directing legal writing programs, first at South Texas College of Law in Houston, then at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis.  In addition to teaching lawyering skills classes, she has taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Comparative Legal Systems, International Human Rights, and International Criminal Prosecutions.

Professor Weigold received her J.D. from the University of Texas, as well as her B.A. in history and B.J. in journalism.  After law school, Professor Weigold served as a judicial clerk for the chief justice of the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston, and then served as a senior staff attorney for the court for four years.  She wrote legal memoranda, orders, and proposed opinions in over 250 civil and criminal law appeals and was board certified as a civil appellate law specialist in Texas for ten years.  She has worked as a legal writing consultant for law firms and has conducted writing seminars and workshops for lawyers in government and public interest organizations.   She is active in national legal writing organizations and has written on topics relating to experiential learning, legal writing, and legal education.


Scholarship & Publications


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Research Interests

  • Ursula Weigold, et al., A Guide to Teaching Lawyering Skills (2012) (with Joel Atlas, et al.).
  • Book Review, 37 Int'l J. Legal Info. 259 (2009) (reviewing Mary Ellen O'Connell, The Power and Purpose of International Law, Insights From the Theory and Practice of Enforcement (2008)).
  • Book Review, 35 Int'l J. Legal Info. 335 (2007) (reviewing Fernando R. Teson, Humanitarian Intervention: An Inquiry into Law and Morality (3d ed. 2005)).
  • Ursula Weigold, The Attorney-Client Privilege as an Obstacle to the Professional and Ethical Development of Law Students, 33 Pepperdine L. Rev. 677 (2006).
  • A New Approach to Legal Citation Form, 13 Appellate Advocate 17 (Fall 2000).
  • Ursula Weigold, et al., Protecting the Record (1993).
  • Ursula Weigold, The Impact of Bankruptcy on State Appellate Proceedings: What Happens Now? 27 Houston Lawyer 61 (Sept./Oct. 1989).


Teaching Areas

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibilities
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Profession
  • Legal Research and Analysis
  • Practice Skills
  • Skills Training
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