Our clinical professors who teach the Legal Analysis, Writing & Research and related courses are leaders and innovators in the field of legal writing. U.S. News & World Report regularly ranks Rutgers - Camden Legal Writing as a top-20 program, as voted by other professors at other law schools. Our Lawyering Programs have developed a holistic “Orientation to Graduation” approach to preparing students for the representation of clients. As part of that, professors teaching our legal writing courses work with other faculty to integrate major goals of the first year legal writing courses with those of the school's clinics, internal competitive appellate moot court program, other skills courses, and the various pro bono programs. A student might easily see their legal writing professor again in a clinical or skill course or in a pro bono project.
The first-year legal writing courses focus on investigatory legal and factual research and intra-office or client-counseling communications in the fall, and persuasive writing and oral advocacy on behalf of the client in the spring. In both semesters, students write multiple drafts of assignments and have one-on-one meetings with professors before submitting revised drafts. Classes have a student-teacher ratio of approximately 18 to 1. Teaching assistants are an integral part of the writing program, and TAs earn credit for their work. The upper-level curriculum is designed to enhance the depth of student knowledge in writing and public speaking. Those courses expose students to sophisticated techniques of persuasion, drawing on interdisciplinary materials and from scholarship in the field. Courses include an appellate advocacy program ("Hunter Moot Court"), a workshop, a rhetoric-based course, a public speaking course, and hybrid clinics. At least one upper-level course is offered each summer.
Our clinical professors teaching courses in the legal writing program are dedicated to both teaching and scholarship. They present at international, national, and cross-discipline conferences and are leaders of national legal writing organizations. They also serve as editors of peer-reviewed journals. Many of the legal writing faculty have received competitive grants for their teaching and scholarship. And several faculty members have been selected to attend scholarly writing workshops and to be facilitators at those workshops. They regularly conduct continuing legal education seminars and publish scholarship on the practice and teaching of law.
In 2006, the Legal Writing Institute selected Rutgers - Camden as the host of the LWI Idea Bank. With nearly 2,100 members, LWI is the world's largest organization dedicated to advancing the field of legal writing. Click here for the LWI website.
For more information about the Legal Analysis, Writing & Research, please contact any of the professors listed below.
Writing Specialist - by appointment/faculty referral
In September 2008, the LAWR department organized a conference about the theories and scholarship of persuasion in legal writing and lawyering. The conference was sponsored by both Rutgers School of Law - Camden and Wyoming College of Law. The speakers were invited from law schools around the country.