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NIU Law Hosts Legal Writing Institute Workshop

Attendees listen to a presentation at the Legal Writing Institute workshop hosted by the NIU College of Law.

Attendees listen to a presentation at the Legal Writing Institute workshop hosted by the NIU College of Law.

NIU Law hosted a Legal Writing Institute One Day Workshop entitled, “Back to Basics: Adapting to the Academically Underprepared Student” on December 4, 2015. The workshop offered presentations by legal writing professionals and practitioners from around the world.

Susan Stuart, Steven Probst, Ruth Vance, and Kimberly Kass from Valparaiso University School of Law and Jeanna Hunter, Meredith Stange, Jay Streitz, and Elsa Miller from NIU Law addressed changes to their Legal Writing and Academic Success programs. These changes included a more personalized and earlier intervention, as a way of adapting to the new population of law students.

Kathryn Sampson of University of Arkansas School of Law and Rafael Dean Brown from Qatar University School of Law addressed innovative ways to reach students in the classroom, including capstone programs utilizing local attorneys and using familiar fairy tales to teach legal analysis. Finally, Regina Kwan Peterson, Director of Administration for the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, and Stacey Mandell, a long-time clerk for the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, discussed the writing issues they see during the bar exam and in practice.

The conference provided an opportunity for professionals and practitioners to come together to discuss how to deal with “the new normal” in legal education.

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Thank you to all who attended the workshop. Below you will find information and details from the workshop:

Presentation Materials

Kathryn A. Sampson presentation

Professor Rafael Brown presentation

NIU Legal Writing/Academic Success Program faculty presentation

Valparaiso University Law School faculty presentation

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If you have any further questions, please contact:

Meredith Stange
Director of Legal Writing

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