Legal Writing

Invariably, it is this for which I write: the joy … of an argument firmly made, like a nail straightly driven, its head flush to the plank.    — George Will

At Texas Law we place a high priority on producing great writers, and we have one of the top programs for that purpose in the country: the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. Beck Center faculty aren’t part-timers or teaching assistants; we have eight full-time instructors whose only job is to help our students make their writing compelling and effective. Throughout your first year, you’ll meet in a class of 20 to learn how to craft powerful legal arguments in written form. You’ll also be introduced to oral advocacy through our first-year moot-court program, which can provide a basis for further work in our advocacy program during the second and third years of law school.

The Director of the Beck Center is Wayne Schiessa leading author on legal writing.  Meet the Beck Center faculty here

Law School Writing Center

The Writing Center does not guarantee better grades. Nor do we offer proofreading or editing services, or assist in analyzing substantive legal issues. Instead, we advise on issues of style, mechanics and argument structure; writing for particular audiences; and choosing rhetorical strategies. We encourage students to become stronger legal writers by taking an active part in the consultation and revision process.

The Law School Writing Center provides students with individualized, professional writing help at no charge.