The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy

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

The Beck Center provides all students at Texas Law with a foundation for excellence in legal research, oral presentation, oral argument, and most importantly, legal writing. The center is the organizational focal point for the required first-year courses in legal research and legal writing as well as advanced courses available to upper-class students.

In addition, the Beck Center sponsors the law school’s interscholastic moot court teams, which travel to national and international competitions.

Beck Center faculty teach the first-year legal research and writing courses. Each year the Beck Center faculty choose the recipients of the Beck Award for Legal Research and Writing Excellence, awarded to one or more students at the conclusion of the first year.

Legal Writing

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 nine 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.

Meet the Beck Center faculty

2023-24 Teaching Quizmaster Applications

The Beck Center hires outstanding students to work as Teaching Quizmasters in first-year courses.  The Candidacy Information Sheet contains information on the available positions, workload, and pay. The application process and timeline are also described.

Applications must be sent to by noon, March 21, 2023.