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Writing Better Sentences

Writing Better Sentences is a program created at the Law School to improve the way students draft and edit everything from research memos to pre-trial motions to appellate briefs. Video excerpts from some of the individual workshops can be found here.

Edit Hour

Edit Hour is a weekly series that gives students a chance to improve their editing skills with Professor Patrick Barry and a team of excellent 2L and 3L editors. We meet every Friday at noon in South Hall 0220. 

Faculty Briefs

Faculty Briefs is a series that showcases the written advocacy of the Law School's faculty. Professor Patrick Barry gives a short writing lesson on some particularly noteworthy part of the selected brief and then students get to ask questions about its composition of the individual authors. 

Good Sentences

Good Sentences is a digital library premised on the idea that "to write good sentences, you need to read good sentences."

Editing and Advocacy

To be offered in Fall 2017. A lot of cases are won in the editing phase, given that few first drafts are very polished or persuasive. This course will teach you how to excel at that phase. You'll learn how to tighten sentences and rearrange paragraphs. You'll learn how to spruce up dull headings and tame unwieldy quotations. And because many of the short, weekly assignments will focus on fine-tuning documents you'll need on the job market—a writing sample, a cover letter, even your resume—you'll also leave the course with a much stronger portfolio of material for potential employers. Most of all, though, you'll gain a set of tools and vocabulary designed to help you develop one of the most sought-after traits in a lawyer: being good with words.