Lawyers are professional writers. Whether it be a letter, a motion, a brief, a complaint, a contract, or any of the other multiple documents attorneys are frequently asked to prepare, lawyers spend much of their professional career writing. A lawyer who cannot write effectively is greatly handicapped in her ability to represent clients.

The University of Tennessee College of Law takes seriously our role in training students to become effective legal writers. The program begins in the first year, where students complete six hours of credit focused exclusively on legal writing. Courses are offered in small sections – typically of 15 to 17 students – to enable faculty to offer more one-on-one training with their students.

Beyond the first year, we offer a number of both required and elective course components aimed at providing students with continual opportunities for developing and improving their legal writing skills.

Professor Michael Higdon serves as director of the legal writing program. Associate Dean Carol Parker also teaches and provides significant leadership to the program.


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