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As an organization of legal writing teachers and scholars, we  emphasize teaching, developing, and improving communication  in the legal profession.  Read about all our activities, including conferences and scholarship, on this site and join our wonderful community.

2018 One-Day Workshops

Congratulations to all host schools and presenters at the 2018 One-Day Workshops!  See more photos here.

Visit LWI's Teaching Bank

Teaching Legal Writing? Become a member of LWI's Teaching Bank to get access to a host of helpful teaching materials from syllabi to simulations.

Applied Legal Storytelling

Please join us July 9-11, 2019 for the Seventh Annual Applied Legal Storytelling Conference at the University of Colorado.  Conference organizers include the Legal Writing Institute, the Clinical Legal Education Association, and the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Scholarship Group.

For information, contact conference organizers, Amy Griffin, Amy.Griffin@Colorado.EDU, or Nantiya Ruan, nruan@law.du.edu.

In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of our mentor, colleague, and friend, Lou Sirico.  In his last communication to us, he wrote:

My parents always said that blood was thicker than water. They were right, although I have not always appreciated how tightly we are bound together and how much we support one another. Thanks for being my family.

Thank you, Lou.  You will be missed.


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About Us

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication. We believe that effective legal communication is critical to the wellbeing of society, the judicial system, and the legal profession.

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Each year, ALWD and LWI jointly sponsor a national survey of legal writing programs. The survey collects data on program design, curriculum, salary, workload, and status issues. Almost all law schools in the U.S. participate in these surveys.

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