Writing Center

Fall 2017 Reservations

Starting on Saturday, September 9, students may make appointments to visit the Writing Center using the “Schedule” button below. You can sign up for one conference in a seven-day period and no more than 21 days in advance. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to sign up well in advance of your desired appointment time.

Submit a draft of the writing project you wish to discuss, including an agenda of key topics you want to discuss at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment (48 hours in advance for scholarly writing projects). You can submit the draft by locating the Writing Fellow’s email using the Google doc that opens if you click on the hypertext link (Learn more about the Writing Fellows), which can be found on the Writing Fellows webpage. Do not upload directly to TutorTrac.


The Writing Center, a component of the Legal Research and Writing Program, offers one-on-one writing conferences, multi-person workshops, videos, tip sheets, and other resources to legal writers of any class year and ability. 

The Writing Center is staffed by 42 Writing Fellows, who are upper-level law students with strong writing and analysis skills. Writing Fellows are trained to work with writers at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining, to developing the structure of a legal analysis, to publishing a near-finished product. The goal of each writing conference is to help student writers become skilled and critical readers of their own writing.

Writing Fellows do not spell-check, grammar-check, cite-check, or proofread. Instead, they help students develop strategies for recognizing global problems in their work.

To learn more about the Writing Center, please review its Policies.

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Who We Serve

The Writing Center welcomes all law students, including:

  • 1Ls working on LRW assignments
  • Students working on writing samples
  • 2Ls and 3Ls working on seminar papers or journal notes*
  • LLMs working on theses*
  • Students working on papers for skills competitions*

*You must confirm with your professor or skills board advisor that you are permitted to use the Writing Center.


Contact Information

The Writing Center is located in Burns 416 and 419, and in Stuart 423 of the GW Law.

E-mail: writingcenter@law.gwu.edu
Phone: 202.994.4650

The Writing Center is directed by Professor Iselin Gambert, who joined the faculty in 2009. A graduate of GW Law, she served as a Writing Fellow for two years as a law student. Professor Gambert is on leave for the 2017-18 academic year. Visiting Professor of Legal Research & Writing Cheryl Kettler is the Writing Center's director in her absence.

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