Legal Writing Tip Sheets
Writing Fellows past and present have created a variety of legal writing tip sheets designed to help students through various aspects of a legal writing assignment.
- Big TREAT Checklist
- TREAT Small Scale Organization
- Question Presented Tip Sheet [pdf]
- Brief Answer Tip Sheet [pdf]
- Conclusions Tip Sheet [pdf]
- Outlining Your Memo Tip Sheet [pdf]
- Memo Two: A Timeline For Success Tip Sheet [pdf]
- ORM Formatting Tip Sheet [pdf]
- ORM Checklist Tip Sheet
- International LLM IRAC Memo Formatting Tip Sheet
- Writing Samples Tip Sheet [pdf]
- Final Exam Tip Sheet [pdf]
Tip sheets were created by students and may not represent the views of any particular FL professor or the FL program.
The George Washington University Language Center provides a wide range of academic support for both faculty and students. The Language Center houses the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP) for enrolled GW students with non-English-speaking backgrounds. The EAP program helps non-native English speakers develop their research and writing skills.
Additional ESL Resources:
Online Writing Resources
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- A Writer's Reference
- International Writing Centers Association's Resources for Writers
- DePaul Center for Writing-Based Learning Resources for Writers
- George Mason Writing Center Writing Resource
- University of Wisconsin - Madison Writing Center's Writer's Handbook
- UNC Writing Center's Writing Handouts
Guidance for Upper-Level Writers
These materials are intended to facilitate self-reflection and peer review among students writing upper-level/scholarly papers, as well as provide seminar professors a grading rubric. The guidance materials are presented as a series of questionnaires students can use to introduce discipline into the independent writing process. The questions should be deployed at key writing milestones: the thesis statement, the outline, the first draft, the second draft, and the penultimate draft.
The goal of this guidance is to raise student awareness of the high expectations of their audience, provide a structured writing process, and ultimately encourage a sense of confidence and self-sufficiency in the writer. As such, these review questions and rubrics can be used in practice, well after the student has completed the upper-level writing requirement. The materials can also benefit seminar professors who may choose to assign periodic self-checks outside of class and use the rubric to articulate their expectations and later grade the paper.
Additional Writing Resources at GW
The GW Writing Center offers one-on-one writing conferences in Gelman 103. The undergraduate and graduate tutors who staff the center are not familiar with legal writing specifically, but they are trained to work with writing of any discipline, and help writers improve clarity, organization, and style.
- Writing Center
- Career Center
- Dean of Students Office
- Records Office
- Academic Services
- Public Interest & Pro Bono
- Student Bar Association (SBA)
- Student Wellness
- Foundations of Practice
- Inns of Court
- Dean's Student Advisory Board
Schedule a Conference
The GW Law Writing Center is open throughout the academic year to meet with students in one-on-one writing conferences. To schedule a conference with a Writing Fellow, click on the "Schedule" button below. Students can sign up for a conference up to 21 days in advance. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to sign up well in advance of your desired appointment time. Please read the Writing Center policies document before your visit. Questions? Email [email protected].