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

Writing in the Legal World: Critical Skills for the Practitioner (Lunchtime Workshop Series)

Are you heading off to a summer associate job, internship, or clerkship?  If so, this interactive workshop series is for you!  We will be reviewing the key components of legal writing, including: memo writing; brief writing; and letters and emails to clients and other attorneys.  Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh your legal writing skills so you are ready to hit the ground running and impress your summer employer!

Lunch will be served at the workshops.  You can register for the series or any workshop of interest.  Details below.

Part 1:  Legal Memo Writing.  Join us for this interactive workshop to refresh your legal memo writing skills.  We will address the memo’s purpose, audience, format, and tone.  We will also engage in exercises applying principles of legal memo writing, including rule formulation and illustration.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Time: noon-1:30 p.m.  Place: Poorvu Center,  301 York Street, Room 120 C

Register here!

Part 2: Appellate Brief Writing.  In this workshop, we will review the purpose and audience for an appellate court legal brief.  We’ll discuss persuasive writing techniques for each section of the brief, as well as developing an argument.   We will also engage in exercises to practice your advocacy skills.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Time: noon-1:30 p.m.  Place: Poorvu Center,  301 York Street, Room 120 C

Register here!

Part 3: Emails and Letters in Legal Practice.  Practitioners are often required to draft emails, letters to clients, demand letters, and other documents.  In this workshop, we will review principles for writing emails and letters in legal practice, including citation requirements, tone, and protection of attorney-client confidentiality. 

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Time: noon-1:30 p.m.  Place: Poorvu Center, 301 York Street, Room 120 C

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.

The rest of the Graduate Writing Lab Team

View our bios.