Center for Thinking, Researching, and Writing

New York Law School is committed to teaching students the essential lawyering skills of thinking, researching, and writing through a holistic, 21st century, approach.

Center for Thinking, Researching, and Writing

New York Law School is committed to teaching students the essential lawyering skills of thinking, researching, and writing through a holistic, 21st century, approach.

Over the next academic year, we will begin designing a new and best-in-class Center for Thinking, Researching, and Writing for all students. Our goals include:

  • preparing students for the modern writing demands placed on new lawyers by the profession
  • aiding students as they prepare for entry into a profession quickly being influenced and changed by the evolution of technology, particularly artificial intelligence
  • helping students meet the new writing demands the NextGen Bar Exam will place on graduates

NYLS’s seven-credit, first-year Legal Practice curriculum introduces students to the foundational skills of critical thinking, researching, writing, and analysis as well as lawyering competencies like interviewing, counseling, and negotiation. Upper-level writing courses provide students with opportunities to build on and further cultivate these foundational skills after their first year of law school. Other settings at NYLS in which students can continue to grow as thinkers, researchers, writers, analysts, and communicators, throughout their law school journey include:

Through the new Center for Thinking, Researching, and Writing, NYLS aspires to inspire students to connect their development and transfer of knowledge, as well as professional development and professional identity formation, with excellence in writing.

During the 2023–24 academic year, we will be updating this page to include:

  • a calendar of workshop offerings at NYLS related to thinking, researching, writing, Generative AI, and public speaking/communicating
  • opportunities for satisfying the upper-level writing requirement and developing an ongoing writing portfolio of various genres of legal writing
  • guidance on how students can engage in “writer identity formation” throughout their law school journey

Writing Support Resources

  • NYLS students seeking support in law school exam writing or bar exam writing may reach out to the Office of Academic and Bar Success at success@nyls.edu.
  • For guidance and feedback on an appropriate piece of writing to use as a sample for job applications, students should consult with their Career Advisor. For substantive feedback on a selected piece, students may submit their writing to writingsample@law.nyls.edu and a member of the NYLS alumni Writing Sample Advisor team will provide feedback within 3-5 days of your submission. 
  • NYLS students seeking to enrich their development as legal writers may reach out to Associate Dean for Upper-Level Writing, Professor Heidi K. Brown, at heidi.brown@nyls.edu for more information and resources.

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