Our legal writing curriculum reflects the Law School's strong commitment to helping every student learn essential lawyering skills. The Legal Research and Writing Program offers courses in legal research, analysis, and writing for students at all levels.
Students gain intensive legal research and writing experience in their first year of law school at Wisconsin. They learn to research the law in both traditional and electronic formats and to prepare a variety of legal documents typical of law practice. Upper-level students have a variety of choices for advanced legal writing instruction in seminars, clinics, doctrinal courses, and specialized courses.
Legal Research and Writing in the First Semester
News & Announcements
1. The "Writing Competitions" link below has information about current legal-writing competitions. Writing submissions can be on a variety of topics, and prize money ranges from $1,000 to $10,000!
2. Professors Ursula Weigold, Kim Peterson, and Deb Moritz spoke at the 2014 Capital Area Legal Writing Conference in Washington, D.C. in March. Professors Weigold and Peterson presented a session titled "Blended Learning; Can Online Skills Instruction Replace Traditional Classroom Teaching?" Professor Moritz spoke about "Starting a Clinic-LRW Collaborative Program--The Challenges of Bringing the Real World to the Legal Writing Classroom."
3. Professor Trina Tinglum will speak at the 2014 Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy, in May. She will speak about "Preparing to Teach Foreign Students."