Writing Resource Center

Welcome to the Writing Resource Center

Students at a workshop

Writing is an integral part of lawyering. Excellence in legal writing is often the cornerstone of success in the profession. Recognizing this, The John Marshall Law School offers a rigorous writing curriculum that spans four semesters. The school also provides an in-house Writing Resource Center where students can refine their legal writing skills. The Center is staffed by four professional advisors and is directed by a full-time writing specialist. Advisors meet with students in one-on-one conferences, tailoring assistance to each student's needs. The Center also offers interactive group workshops on a variety of legal writing topics.

Students use the Writing Resource Center throughout their legal education. New students adjusting to the unique demands of legal writing often find it particularly helpful to meet with an advisor. And typically, more than half of all new students work with an advisor during the first year of law school. Continuing students, especially those enrolled in Lawyering Skills or paper courses, regularly use the Center to fine-tune their writing. Writing advisors also help advanced degree students, exiting students who are seeking jobs, and students for whom English is a second language. Writing advisors are available to help with writing-related questions, including questions on grammar, citation, organization, and persuasion.

The Writing Resource Center works closely with the Lawyering Skills Program to learn about student assignments and individual professors' writing styles. Writing advisors also attend seminars and workshops to stay abreast of new trends in legal writing. Lawyering Skills faculty and Writing Resource Center advisors work toward the common goal of helping all John Marshall Law School students achieve excellence in legal writing.

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