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International Student Writing Support Program

The International Student Writing Support (ISWS) Program provides one-on-one assistance to students in the Law School for whom English is not a native language. This program is intended to support students enrolled in the LL.M. program. Support is available for LL.M. students to discuss their writing assignments and written work, and in the following areas:

•Structuring and organizing ideas

•Using accurate English grammar and word choice

•Writing clearly and concisely

•Applying proofreading strategies

•Understanding the essential elements of American legal writing

LL.M. students with questions about this program should contact the International Programs Office.

Students for whom English is a non-native language may also be interested in additional resources both at the University and online, such as:

• Student Writing Support through the Center for Writing
(http://writing.umn.edu/index.html) - ESL specialists there can assist with grammar and usage, but not substantive material.

• ESL Coursework through the College of Continuing Education(http://cce.umn.edu/Programs-and-Courses/index.html) - credit-based and non-credit courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

• Many online sources for students wishing to improve English language skills. Particularly recommended is Purdue’s OWL (Online Writing Lab) website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

The site includes exercise pages for practice: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/ as well as specific resources for non-native English users:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/678/01/