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Our philosophy is simple; like any other form of writing, good legal writing must be judged on quality, not subject or effort. The quality of writing depends on the skill of the writer and the time invested in the act of writing.
The rules we want students to learn are fundamentally the same as those any writing professor would teach: clarity, precision, and good organization. The good writer is one who, with due regard for the reader, has a point and makes it well. Of course, this is law school, and we are dealing with legal subjects.
Our objective is to train professionals to analyze legal issues and communicate that analysis to others. That means we also teach analysis of statutes and case law, the relationship of the law to the case at hand, document and citation format, and the other special needs of the legal audience.
The Upper-Level Writing Electives Program administers ten upperclass writing electives:
All of these electives can satisfy the Writing Requirement if a student earns a B- or better in the course. Trained adjunct professors teach each section.
In addition to the upper-class electives, the Program offers students the services of a Writing Specialist, Prof. Janin, who holds workshops throughout the year on topics covered in the first-year course, and basic writing and analytical skills.
David Epstein, Associate Professor of Law
Sandra D. Janin, Professor of Legal Writing
Jethro K. Lieberman, Professor of Law
Stephen A. Newman, Professor of Law
Daniel S. Abraham
Anne Marie Bowler
Pei-Pei Cheng-de Castro
Julia Ann Cort
Scott G. Goldfinger
Richard M. Horowitz
Thomas Hughes '85
Robert Marino II '94
Oscar Michelen '85
Francis J. Valentino
Justin A. Xenitelis '06
For more info, please go to Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning