Vermont Law School graduates have a reputation for exceptional legal writing skills. They regularly publish law review articles and win important legal writing awards.
Clear, precise legal writing is a critical and essential skill in every field of the law. From civil rights to environmental justice to current cases pending before the United States Supreme Court, our students have the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of legal writing and research over the course of three semesters.
In this required program, students learn the ABCs of legal writing—accuracy, brevity, and clarity. They are introduced to the latest tools in legal research by the staff of research librarians in the Julien and Virginia Cornell Library. The Legal Writing Program culminates with Appellate Advocacy. Students learn advanced legal writing and appellate advocacy skills and ultimately brief and argue real cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. As a component of the course, many students opt to travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Supreme Court oral argument of the case they themselves have briefed.
The Legal Writing program is located in the Old Schoolhouse, built in 1853 and recently restored. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the newly acquired and restored building further enhances the New England village charm of the Vermont Law campus.
Faculty in the Legal Writing Program have years of practical experience and are actively engaged in the national legal writing academy. They serve on committees of national legal writing organizations, and frequently give presentations at legal writing conferences.