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 Fall 2018” 
  • 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.

Here are some upcoming events of interest to law students:

Law School Study Hall

At the semester heads to a close and deadlines approach, the Graduate Writing Lab is hosting a Study Hall for all Law School students working on their writing projects. The Study Hall will provide students with structured writing time, support from your peers, and space to work on their research papers, memos, briefs, dissertation chapters, and articles for publication.   Bring your laptop and resources, and we’ll provide space, realistic goal-setting, and some peace and quiet to write efficiently.  

  • Date: December 5, 2018
  • Time: 3:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Law School Room 121, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street

Click here to register.

Sentence Burn: Clarifying and Trimming Prose

Deadlines are looming and it’s time to get your final drafts in shape!  Strong academic writing requires clear, simple expression.  Yet, achieving that can be a challenge, especially when you are writing about complex principles and issues.  Join us for this interactive workshop where you will learn techniques to hone critical skills in writing clear, concise sentences and paragraphs.  Among other things, we’ll work on eliminating unnecessary words and phrases, limiting jargon in prose, and using transitions to aid clarity.  We’ll begin the workshop using The WritersDiet Test, an online writing feedback tool. So, bring your laptop with a one-page writing sample to run through the program and troubleshoot your writing.  You will leave this workshop understanding how to achieve clarity in your graduate academic writing and ready to tackle your final papers!   

  • Date:Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: GWL 121, 301 York Street, Sterling Memorial Library

Click here to register.

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.