Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can the writing consultant help me?

    The writing consultant is available to talk with you about any of your law school-related writing, unless otherwise indicated by your professor. This may include briefs, memos, papers, review notes, resumes, and cover letters. The consultant can advise on issues of grammar, clarity, argument structure, and rhetorical strategies.

    However, the consultant cannot guarantee better grades, help you contest a grade, or assist with your understanding of legal issues.

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  2. How long does a session last?

    Generally, meetings last between 45 minutes and one hour. If you need more time, it's best to schedule an additional appointment.

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  3. What should I do to prepare for the session?

    To optimize your time with the writing consultant, please email the writing center at least 24 hours in advance, and include:

    • A brief description of the assignment
    • Your latest working draft (attached to the email)
    • Any particular concerns you have about the draft

    Then, bring any assignment prompts and related notes to your writing consultation.

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  4. I don't even have a draft written yet. May I still schedule an appointment?

    Certainly. The writing center is here as a resource for you during any stage of your writing process. The consultant can help you devise a plan for your writing assignment, talk with you about problems like writer's block, discuss ESL concerns, and provide you with useful handouts.

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  5. Will anyone else know about my writing consultation?

    No. Your visit to the writing center is completely confidential. However, many faculty members encourage students to utilize the writing center's services. If you would like your professor to know that you visited the center, the writing consultant can send him/her a note.

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  6. How do I schedule an appointment?

    Email the writing consultant at: writing-center@law.utexas.edu. Be sure to include your name and a contact phone number in your message. Alternatively, you may drop by during office hours to set up an appointment.

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  7. How do I get to the Writing Center?

    The Writing Center is located on the ground floor of TNH in the East wing of the building near CCJ, in a suite of cubicles along with the Multicultural Center. The Writing Center is the middle cubicle.

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  8. Who is the writing consultant?

    Courtney Cook is a doctoral student in the Cultural Studies in Education program. She has more than six years experience as a writing teacher, a writing tutor, and a writing coach.

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