Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Programs for Law School Students

GWL Programs for Law School Students

If you have any questions regarding any programs for Law School students, you can contact Patricia Trainor.

What we offer: 

1. Individual Consultations 

These consultations can help you with your writing projects, including: 

  • Crafting objective legal writing and analysis
  • Building and supporting an argument
  • Organizing your written work for clarity and impact
  • Strengthening your structure for various genres of legal writing
  • Working on English grammar and communication skills

We are ready to help you at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming ideas to outlining to the final draft!

To schedule a session, check the information about how Individual Consultations work:

  • Use the WCOnline scheduling system to book up to two 30-min consultations per week. 
  • Create your account to have access to the WCOnline scheduler. 
  • On the log-in schedule page, choose the schedule “Individual Consultations Spring 2019” 
  • Select a session with Patricia Trainor.  

2. Written and Oral Communication Workshops

Written and Oral Communication Workshops are offered every week throughout the semester. These workshops cover the themes of the writing process, various genres of academic and professional writing, writing style, fellowship and grant writing, writing for publication, strategies for oral communication, and public writing.

Spring 2019 Workshops for Law Students

Crafting Your Publishable Legal Article (Workshop Series)

No matter what level of law degree you are pursuing, you are doing a lot of writing.  Why not use some of those papers to get published?  Publication allows you to showcase your research and writing and enhances employment opportunities. In this interactive workshop series, we will cover all you need to know to pursue publication, including: choosing the right paper and publication; honing your argument for a new audience; editing for publication; and submitting your article and abstract.

You can register for the series or any workshop of interest.  Details below.

Part 1:  Choosing the Paper and Venue.  In this workshop, we will cover the first step in publishing your research: selecting the appropriate paper and targeting likely publications. In this interactive workshop, we will explore what makes a paper publishable and how to find likely publishers, including general law journals, specialty publications, and legal writing contests.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Place: Poorvu Center, Room 121.

Register here!

Part 2: Honing Your Argument for a New Audience. When getting your paper ready for publication, you may need to make some changes to appeal to a broader audience.  In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to increase your chances of getting your paper accepted for publication by refining the organization and honing the argument for a publication’s target audience.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Place: Poorvu Center, Room 121.

Register here!

Part 3: Editing for Publication. The final step before submitting your article for publication is to edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, proper sentence and paragraph structure, and citation form.  Join us for this interactive workshop in which we will review the steps you need to take to make the final edits before submission.  

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Place: Poorvu Center, Room 121.

Register here!

Part 4: Submitting the Paper and Abstract. In this final workshop of our series, we will review the process for submitting your work for publication, including drafting an abstract of the article.  We will also address responding to journal editors’ suggested changes to your work. Bring your paper and target publication for this hands-on workshop and leave ready to get started on the submission process!

Date: Feb. 27, 2019. Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Place: Poorvu Center, Room 121.

Register here!

For a full, updated list of the workshops, check the GWL calendar.

3. Public Speaking Studio

Use GWL Public Speaking Studio to practice your oral presentations, pitches, and speeches. For more information about the Public Speaking Studio and PitchVantage software, check this link.

4. Peer-Review Groups

If you work on a long written project, such as your qualifying paper, an article, or a book, we can help you go through the process with support and accountability of a small group of other students who work on their long projects. Contact Brent Salter, GWL Writing Consultant, to express your interest and check the information about GWL Peer-Review Groups.

Who we are:

Patricia Trainor, JD, Graduate Writing Specialist

Patricia has a diverse legal background including experience writing for courts, attorneys, clients, and the general public. She has also taught legal research and writing to law school students. View Patricia’s bio.

Brent Salter, Graduate Writing Consultant, JSD student at Yale Law School

Brent has experience writing and assessing peer-reviewed papers, monographs, fellowship and grant applications, literature reviews, teaching statements, prospectuses, and conference abstracts. View Brent’s bio.

The rest of the Graduate Writing Lab Team

View our bios.