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Legal Writing

To prepare students for professional careers, students are required to focus on legal writing throughout their three years of study. As students write and talk about the law, their understanding of the law develops. Correspondingly, as students’ understanding of the law deepens, their ability to write and talk about it increases. Expanding both understanding and communications skills increases students’ abilities to solve problems for clients in clinical settings.

Legal Writing Requirements

J.D. students are required to satisfactorily complete three legal writing requirements during Law School, two of which must take place during the first two years of Law School (see Scholastic Requirement Rule 5).

  • First Year: Legal Research and Writing, Fall, Spring
  • Second Year: Serve on a law journal or participate in moot court
  • Second or Third Year: Participate in moot court as a student director or competition team member, serve on a journal as an editor, or take an upper-level Law School writing course

Student Legal Writing Awards

8 of our students have won a Burton Award for legal writing, making us one of only seven schools to have received these awards eight or more times.

9:2
student to legal writing faculty ratio

Questions?

Contact lwd@umn.edu

Legal Writing Faculty

2016-17 Legal Writing Associate Adjunct Professors

  • Angela Behrens
  • Erica Davis
  • Bethany Gullman
  • Adam Hansen
  • David Hansen
  • Steven Kerbaugh
  • Joelle Larson
  • Jennifer Macaulay
  • Chris McCullough
  • Emily McNee
  • David Mortenson
  • Garrett Mulrooney
  • Kristine Nogosek
  • Christopher Renz
  • Pamela Siege Chandler
  • Victoria Spichinetsky
  • Justin Templin
  • Jake Vandelist
  • Matthew Webster

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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