Columbia Law School Writing Center
Welcome to the Columbia Law School Writing Center. Writing is central to both legal practice and legal education. The Writing Center’s mission is to help students understand what it means to “write like a lawyer” and then become the strongest legal writers possible. Through individual meetings, small workshops, and written reference materials, the center strives to provide Columbia Law School students with tailored advice that takes into account the time and scheduling constraints unique to law school.
The Writing Center is staffed by trained upper-year students who serve as Writing Center Fellows. Fellows work directly with students in a variety of ways. Through one-on-one conferences, Writing Center Fellows answer questions about the writing process, provide feedback on specific pieces of legal writing, and teach students to be their own best editors. Writing Center Fellows also develop an online library of resources that explain some of the most important aspects of legal writing and editing. Finally, Writing Center Fellows lead workshops that address a range of legal writing topics.
For the 2014–15 academic year, individual appointments at the Writing Center are generally open only to first-year and LL.M. students who are enrolled in a mandatory legal writing course, and advice is tailored to meet the needs of these students. For example, Fellows are available to work with first-year students on drafting memos, letters, and briefs, as well as converting those assignments into useful writing samples. Similarly, Fellows can work closely with LL.M. students on adapting their writing to conform to legal conventions in the United States. For this academic year, Fellows are available to meet with upper-year students upon written request from a faculty member. Writing Center Workshops are open to all Columbia Law School students.
Please make an appointment to see how the Writing Center can help you!