Legal Writing Center

Legal Writing Center

Mission Statement
The Legal Writing Center’s mission is to support the Legal Writing Program’s goal of helping students become strong legal writers across the curriculum. Through individualized conferences, professional writing specialists guide students through all aspects of their writing processes and further prepare them for academic and professional writing. Another goal of the Center is to maintain an open line of communication among writing specialists, law students, and legal writing faculty.

What to Expect
Law students should expect one-on-one conferences with writing specialists who will help students hone their basic and legal writing skills. The writing specialists will address writing concerns that are important to law students’ academic, professional, and personal growth such as:

  • Transitioning to the legal discourse community and positioning themselves in that community;
  • Accepting legal writing as a rhetorical situation that includes writers, genres, exigencies, audiences, purposes, substance, contexts, and constraints;
  • Merging legal substance and rhetoric to produce persuasive legal genres;
  • Improving drafts by accepting writing as a process that is executed in academic and professional discourse communities; and
  • Mastering Standard American English and legal citations.

What to Bring

  • A laptop (after scheduling appointment, upload draft and other documents to TWEN)
  • Questions and comments about assignments
  • Questions and comments about professors’ feedback on drafts

How to Schedule an Appointment
Appointments can be made with the writing specialists by accessing TWEN. Once you have logged in to TWEN, click on the “Legal Writing Center” link, the “Conference Sign-up Sheet” link, and then the “Writing Conferences” link.

You may schedule only two 30-minute appointments or only one 60-minute appointment each week.

After you schedule an appointment, upload your draft and other materials to TWEN by clicking on the “Assignments” link then on the “Upload Materials for Discussions” link.

A referral form is available in TWEN’s Grade Book for faculty to refer students who will likely benefit from supplemental writing assistance.

Find the Center
303 School of Law Library (Shirley E. Faulkner-Springfield, Ph.D.)
304 School of Law Library (Courtney Bryant, J.D.)

The Staff
The Legal Writing Center is staffed by trained professionals:

Courtney Bryant, J.D., Legal Writing Specialist
The legal writing specialist will instruct students in analysis, substance, citation form, writing style, tone, and research methods.

Shirley E. Faulkner-Springfield, Ph.D., Writing Specialist
The writing specialist will instruct students in higher-order (focus, purpose, audience, organization, and development) and lower-order (word choice, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics) writing concerns. Dr. Faulkner-Springfield will ask students to read their drafts aloud and engage in metacognition.

Office Hours and Contact Information
T: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
R: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
F: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 919-530-5483

Lending Library Resources
The Legal Writing Center has a library of legal writing and basic writing texts, handouts, and online resources that expose students to the full complexity of legal expertise (see Lending Library Resources webpage).

Internet Resources

 ESL Resources

Citation Resources