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, and sentence structure.

    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. How do I schedule an appointment?

    Email the writing consultant. 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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  6. How do I get to the Writing Center?

    The Writing Center is located in Townes Hall 3.110.

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  7. Who is the writing consultant?

    Janet McLaren has worked as a reporter, freelancer writer, English teacher, and editor. Most recently, she managed workforce development programs for at-risk students in higher education before coming to UT. Janet studies global public policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, focusing on international economic development and climate security. She has a Journalism degree from Texas A&M University and extensive experience living and working abroad.

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