Writing Resource Center

Writing Skills Workshops

Students at a Writing Resource Center   workshop

During the first half of each semester, the Writing Resource Center offers workshops on a variety of writing-related topics. Most workshops run from one to two hours.

Approximately one week before each workshop, you will receive registration information by email, so be sure to check your JMLS email account regularly.

Writing skills workshops include:

Organizing Your First Memo: Understanding IRAC and Its Kin

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 2 | Noon-2 p.m.
Room: 420
or
Date & Time: Monday, September 8 | Noon-2 p.m.
Room: 420
Suggested Audience: Candidates taking Lawyering Skills I; All candidates
Registration Information: email Alice Burke

This interactive workshop will help you understand how to organize legal memos and will prepare you to write your first memo. It is offered twice to accomodate student schedules.

Unlock Your Powers of Persuasion: Keys to Writing & Winning

Date & Time: Monday, September 8 | 10 a.m.-Noon
Room: 420
Suggested Audience: Candidates taking Lawyering Skills II
Registration Information: email Beth Devane

This workshop, geared for LS II students, will teach you the persuasion skills you'll need when writing demand letters, memos, and briefs.

Cite It Right: ALWD & Bluebook Citation for Lawyers

Date & Time: Monday, September 15 | Noon-2 p.m.
Room: 420
or
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 30 | Noon-2 p.m.
Room: 420
or
Date & Time: Monday, November 3 | Noon-2 p.m.
Room: 420
Suggested Audience: First-semester degree candidates
Registration Information: email Jeanne Lamar

This interactive workshop will help you understand and master the rules of citation critical to the practice of law. We strongly encourage all first semester students to attend. And we invite all other students to come and brush up on their citation skills before venturing into the job market. This program is offered three times to accomodate student schedules.

Grammar Overview

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 16 | Noon-2 p.m.
Room: 420
Suggested Audience: All candidates
Registration Information: email Caryn Suder

This review of grammar rules and parts of speech is filled with explanations and exercises. It will benefit any degree candidate who needs a brief "refresher course" before beginning to write.

Three Ps: Punctuation, Pronouns, and Parallelism

Date & Time: Monday, September 22 | Noon-2 p.m.
Room: 420
Suggested Audience: All candidates
Registration Information: email Caryn Suder

We'll focus on three of the most common errors found in law students' writing. The workshop includes several exercises that will help you write error free.

Plagiarism: What Every Law Student Should Know

Date and Time: Monday, September 29 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Room: 200
Suggested Audience: International degree candidates; All candidates
Registration Information: email Lurene Contento

Plagiarism is a serious academic concern. Sanctions for plagiarizing can be severe. In this workshop, you'll learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. The workshop will give students the opportunity to identify plagiarism and to practice proper attribution, paraphrase, and quotation. All students are welcome; international students are required to attend. If you have questions about what is or is not plagiarism, this workshop is for you.

Avoiding Passive Voice and Other Word-Wasters

Date & Time: Monday, October 6 | 1-2 p.m.
Room: 420
Suggested Audience: All candidates
Registration Information: email Beth Devane

Make your reader's job easier; learn to cut unnecessary words from your memos and briefs.



If you have a suggestion for a writing-related workshop that you would find useful, please share it with us.

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