Writing Specialists for Additional Help
Loyola writing specialists are available to help all currently enrolled students with writing needs for work being prepared for a law school course whether first year legal research and writing, or an upper division writing course. Writing specialists will help students address legal writing issues including analysis, issue division, organization, grammar and punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure, and concision and clarity. Specialists will not address the legal substance of the problem; substantive questions should be directed to the course instructor.
Writing specialists have JD degrees, and years of experience helping students with writing projects. The specialists hold regular office hours throughout the semester with extra times available in the weeks before first year legal writing assignments are due. Conference times are available for both day and evening students. Further information and online conference sign-up lists are available on the Legal Writing Resources TWEN page.
Writing Sample Assistance
The Legal Writing Assistants Program helps students revise writing samples for jobs or judicial externships. The Program's teaching assistants are selected from among Loyola's strongest writers and are supervised by Loyola faculty. Teaching assistants provide feedback on organization, writing mechanics, and citation formatting. They assist only with writing samples, not ongoing law school or work assignments. Students can submit one writing sample per academic year to the Program for review.
Follow the instructions at this link to submit writing samples for review to the Legal Writing Assistants Program:
Contact Professor Ronda Fox at Ronda.Fox@lls.edu with any questions.
Preparing for Writing on the Bar Exam
Loyola encourages students to take advantage of all the resources available to them to prepare for the state Bar Exams. For many years Loyola has offered the Fundamentals of Bar Exam Writing (4J65) course to assist students in preparing for the written portions of the exam. The course is offered in Summer and Fall semesters. (See the Bar Exam Resources TWEN page for further Bar Exam preparation information.)
Students can earn scholarship and prizes by participating in writing competitions sponsored by attorney bar associations, like the American Bar Association. They are often focused on specific practice areas in the law. Students preparing notes or other significant research papers may have their work published by the competition's sponsors. Information about competitions is available on this page and on the Legal Writing Resources TWEN page.