Center for Writing Excellence

To write clearly is to think clearly. At UNT Dallas College of Law, we graduate excellent legal writers, poised to practice in trial and appellate courts throughout the state of Texas. We distinguish ourselves through our coordinated and collaborative writing program that spans the entirety of each student’s law school tenure.

 

In the first year, students engage in five credits of objective and persuasive legal writing, which includes the drafting and redrafting of objective memoranda and trial motions as well as participation in a formal trial-level motion argument competition. Over the next two years, students complete eight writing segments in their required, doctrinal courses. These writing segments provide graded writing experiences evaluated by a variety of professors in many different contexts—from, for example, contract drafting to appellate brief writing to wills/trusts drafting. The writing education of our students culminates, typically in the third year, through the completion of a final writing-intense practicum where they spend the semester drafting and redrafting multiple briefs or transactional documents as part of achieving mastery in a particular practice context or subject area.

In addition to our rigorous curricular program, UNT Dallas College of Law’s Director of Writing Resources provides weekly grammar and style workshops and hands-on writing coaching for students whose writing and grammar skills need extra attention. For students who excel at writing, UNT Dallas College of Law accepts a number of students into its advanced writing program called the Teaching Fellow Program. Moreover, for students who excel at legal writing, UNT Dallas Law Review provides the opportunity for students to participate in the publication of two separate publications—Accessible Law, a multi-media publication designed for lay people, and On the Cusp, a cutting-edge online publication designed for the practicing lawyer.

 

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