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

Schedule an Appointment
Appointments can be made by accessing the Conference Sign-up Sheet in TWEN, selecting Legal Writing Specialist or Writing Specialist, and following the instructions for scheduling conferences.

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

Courtney Bryant, J.D., Legal Writing Specialist, 304 Law Library
The legal writing specialist will help students with concerns such as analysis, substance, citation form, writing style, and research methods.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 919-530-6427

Shirley E. Faulkner-Springfield, Ph.D., Writing Specialist, 303 Law Library
The writing specialist will help students with issues such as organization, development, audience awareness, grammar, word choice, punctuation, and mechanics.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Friday: 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.

Internet Resources

 ESL Resources

Citation Resources