The Lawyering and Legal Writing CenterOne of the hallmarks of a great lawyer is the ability to convert ideas into persuasive written and oral arguments. The Lawyering & Legal Writing Center provides Cardozo students with in-depth instruction in lawyering, research and legal writing skills. The center supports individual students’ development throughout their law school careers by offering both a closely supervised first-year course as well as advanced writing courses tailored to the needs of J.D. and LL.M. students.

First-Year Lawyering & Legal Writing is a two-semester course taught in small sections, each comprised of only eight to sixteen students. Legal Writing I focuses on basic principles of writing, language usage, organization and case reading; legal analysis, case synthesis and ethics in informational legal writing; manual and computer-assisted legal research methods and skills; and exercises in fact gathering and interviewing. Legal Writing II, which features a class visit to an appellate court, focuses on advocacy writing skills and ethics through exercises in negotiation, litigation drafting and strategy. The course concludes with an exercise in appellate brief writing and oral argument development.

Both writing courses designed for LL.M. students—Advanced Writing Workshops I and II—feature a curriculum designed to specifically meet the needs of returning and international students.

The Lawyering & Legal Writing Center brings together critical elements for success in your career.

For information about tutoring and other academic support services, please contact Zelma Rios, the Center's Director of Academic Support, at zrios@yu.edu.