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 2018–19 academic year, individual appointments at the Writing Center are open only to first-year and LL.M. students for assistance with their mandatory legal writing course: the Legal Practice Workshop for J.D. students, and Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. students. Fellows are available to work with students on drafting the memos, letters, and briefs assigned in their LPW or LRW classes, as well as on converting those assignments into useful writing samples. In addition to individual appointments, the Writing Center holds workshops throughout the year which are open to all Columbia Law School students.
Please make an appointment to see how the Writing Center can help you!