Stetson University

Legal Research and Writing

U.S. News & World Report ranks Stetson's Legal Research and Writing Program sixth among law schools across the country. Stetson educates students to be ethical, self-motivated and excellent legal communicators. The faculty works to develop legal writing as an academic discipline on a local, national, and international level.

Leading the Way

  • Full-time tenured and tenure-track legal writing professors with substantial practice, teaching, publication, and leadership experience
  • Seven credits of legal research and writing courses required in the first year
  • Subject-focused first-year advocacy courses with past offerings in the areas of elder law, environmental law, and international law
  • Individualized attention including office conferences, oral arguments and small classes for first-year legal writing students
  • Specialized moot court training in Stetson's award-winning advocacy program
  • 2009 host of the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference
  • 2010 host of Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop for Legal Writing Faculty
  • Four academic law journals: Stetson Law Review, Journal of International Aging Law and Policy, Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, and Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law
  • Scholarly Writing Series for students in seminars and independent research courses
  • Frequent awards for student writing excellence, including two consecutive Burton Legal Writing Award winners
  • Host of Virtual Legal Writing Conference Webinars

Students Write Ethics Newsletter, Hone Writing Skills

As a project for an advanced legal writing course, Stetson students recently created a newsletter about developments in Florida ethics. Students learned about newsletter writing, researched their legal authority, came up with recommendations for their readers based on the research, and wrote at least three drafts, receiving feedback on each.
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» Read Florida Ethics Update newsletter (PDF)

Director's Message
Kirsten K. Davis"At Stetson, our mission is to lead the way in legal research and writing. Through a robust curriculum that is centered on assessment and feedback, we empower students to be both effective and ethical communicators in the legal profession. And through our leadership and scholarship in the legal communication discipline, we collaborate with our colleagues around the world to improve our knowledge and mastery of legal research and writing. I invite you to join us on our journey."

Kirsten K. Davis
Director of Legal Research and Writing
and Professor of Law

Virtual Legal Writing Conference Webinars
In fall 2009, Stetson launched a legal writing webinar series featuring topics such as outcomes and assessment in legal writing, coaching moot court teams, advanced writing course innovations, and new ideas and voices in legal writing scholarship. 

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