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Conferences

The Law School Writing Center can assist students through individual conferences or small-group sessions. Students may bring any law school project for review including memoranda, papers, law review articles, briefs, writing samples for jobs, or other school-related documents. Students may have a single conference or a series of conferences. Students will strengthen writing skills as well as self-editing and revising skills.

What help can I get in a conference?

The Writing Specialists will help you define the problems you are having, whether in the initial analysis of the problem, the organization, the drafting, or the final editing. They will then guide you in solving those problems. A Writing Specialist can objectively assess your writing and what information is actually being conveyed to the reader. You will get guidance in making your writing clear, concise, well reasoned, and effective. You will also get suggestions on any style, grammar, and punctuation issues.

When should I schedule a conference?

You may request a conference at any time during the semester or at any stage of a writing project, whether at the thesis development stage, when drafting or revising, or when editing. You may come on your own, or a professor may refer you. Writing and revising take time; leave enough time after a conference to revise your work adequately before the due date. Also, note the following policies:

  • Submit a writing sample or a draft of your project no later than 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Schedule your appointment well ahead of any deadline. Your paper cannot be reviewed on the day that it is due.
  • First-year students often share the same deadlines, so make your conference appointment early!
  • Substantive legal questions in work being prepared for a class will not be discussed. If you have questions about the law, ask your professor.
  • Writing Specialists will not line edit or proofread entire papers.
  • Writing Specialists are not permitted to review student works that will be submitted for competition or works in which the assigning professor has prohibited any outside help.

To schedule a Writing Center appointment or request additional information, please e-mail legalwrt@lclark.edu

 

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