Writing Resource Center

Writing Skills Workshops

Students at a 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: Thursday, February 6 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room: 522
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.

Grammar Overview

Date & Time: Thursday, February 13 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room: 216
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.

Unlock Your Powers of Persuasion: Keys to Writing & Winning

Date & Time: Friday, February 14 | 2-4 p.m.
Room: 1102
Suggested Audience: Candidates taking Lawyering Skills II
Registration Information: email Jeanne Lamar

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: Thursday, February 27 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room: 522
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.

Three Ps: Punctuation, Pronouns, and Parallelism

Date & Time: Thursday, March 6 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room: 1103
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.

Avoiding Passive Voice and Other Word-Wasters

Date & Time: Thursday, March 20 | Noon-1 p.m.
Room: 605
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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