Apply for the Advanced Legal Writing and Communication Skills Development Program

Legal employers want to hire effective legal communicators. Will you be able to meet the demand?

You are invited to participate in the Advanced Legal Writing and Communication Skills Development Program, a voluntary, extracurricular enrichment program sponsored by Stetson’s Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication and designed to prepare you to be an excellent legal communicator.

Students who complete the year-long program will learn:

  • what communication skills are expected in the legal practice environment;
  • what communication issues are common to legal practice; and
  • how to be an effective communicator in different situations and for different audiences.

In addition, students will also receive:

  • a Recognition of Participation certificate that reflects a commitment to excellent and effective legal communication;
  • a customized electronic portfolio of documents to share with potential employers.
  • a resume-enhancing credential, and
  • a self-study course on the conventions of legal language.

2016-17 Anticipated Topics

  • Don’t Say Anything:  Key Listening Skills for Lawyers
  • Beyond “Legal” Communication:  Business Communication Skills for Lawyers
  • You Want Me to Do What?  An Introduction to Influential Communication
  • Communicating With Strangers (Who Happen to Be Your Clients):  Cross-Cultural and Cross-Socioeconomic Communication Skills
  • The Fundamentals of Contract Drafting:  Starting A Contract Drafting Project,
  • Letter and E-Mail Writing:  It May Surprise You What You Don’t Know
  • Talking Face-to-Face:  The Importance of  Voice and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Writing Complaints and Answers
  • Litigation Communication:  Professional Relationships and Efficient Justice
  • Overcoming Barriers to a Beginning Legal Writing Project

Want to learn more about the Program and see what students say? Watch this 8-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation (play the slide show to hear the narration).

To Apply:

All students are eligible for the Program, but only ten spaces are available.  Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to Dr. Kirsten K. Davis, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication, by  April 24, 2016.  Please address any questions to Dr. Davis at