Center for Writing Excellence

UNT Dallas College of Law Legal Writing

Legal writing is a central part of legal education at UNT Dallas College of Law.

The Center for Writing Excellence provides all UNT Dallas College of Law students access to extensive legal writing resources. Because legal writing is integrated throughout the College of Law’s curriculum — from the first-year until graduation — regular access to writing resources, supplemental tutoring, and writing workshops is critical. In addition to our Director of Legal Writing and Assistant Director of Legal Writing — who are full-time professors with office hours open to all students — the Center for Writing Excellence provides many resources and services.

Excellence in legal writing is one of the three foundational pillars of law school that comprise a student becoming a successful lawyer; these three foundational pillars include excellence in legal writing, excellence in advocacy-related skills, and excellence in knowledge of legal doctrine.

Given its importance to success in practice, legal writing is a central part of each student’s legal education at UNT Dallas College of Law. The College of Law prioritizes teaching our students to think critically and to analyze and synthesize the law, however, we do not see these traditional law-school skills as the end.  Rather, we see them only as the starting point for students to achieve excellence in legal writing, excellence in advocacy-related skills, and excellence in knowledge of legal doctrine.

As with the rest of the curriculum at the College of Law, the legal writing curriculum is designed to maximize students’ abilities in the classroom, on the bar, and ultimately in practice.  Our curriculum has been carefully crafted to ensure UNT Dallas College of Law students are equipped with the writing skills needed to serve their clients and their communities as successful attorneys immediately after graduation.