Writing Center FAQs

Q: There is a problem with the scheduling software and I can’t make an appointment for a conference or workshop.  What should I do?

A: Please contact us at: writingcenter@law.gwu.edu or 202.994.4650. 

Q: How do I apply to be a Writing Fellow?

A: Candidates apply in the spring semester to serve as Writing Fellows during the following academic year. All rising 2L, 3L, and 4L students who enjoy legal writing are encouraged to apply. Fellows must make a two-semester commitment to the program and are eligible to reapply for a second year. More information about the application process will be made available in early spring semester.

Q: I’m an ESL law student and would like help with basic grammar and English mechanics. Are the Writing Fellows trained to help ESL writers?

A: While Writing Fellows are happy to help ESL students with their legal writing assignments, they do not have specific training to work on English grammar and mechanics. However, the GW Language Center is available to meet with ESL students. 

Q: There are no appointments left on the days I'm available. Is there a waiting list?

A: We do not maintain a waiting list. However, students often cancel their conferences at the last minute, so we encourage you to check back often.We also accept walk-in appointments.Simply go to one of the conference rooms to see whether a Fellow is available to help you. 

Q: Do I have to be a GW Law student to sign up for a writing conference?
A: Writing Fellows are trained to work with GW Law J.D. and LL.M. students. If you’re a GW student in another program, a law school alumnus, or someone in the community who wants help with a legal writing project, please contact us at writingcenter@law.gwu.edu or 202.994.4650.

Q: I have an idea for improving the Writing Center and/or a complaint about an experience I had. Who can I talk to?

A: We are always looking for ways to expand and improve the Writing Center, and are interested in hearing about student experiences.Contact us at writingcenter@law.gwu.edu or 202.994.4650.  Please fill out an evaluation form each time you complete a conference or workshop.


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