Scribes Student Legal Writing Society



Session 1: Scribes History & Topic Selection

Scribes After More Than 50 Years -A History

Sample Preemption Checklist

Topic Selection Discussion

Session 2: Outlining & The Parts of the Paper

Outline for Scholarly Paper

Traditional Structure of

Seminar Paper

Parts of the Paper Discussion

Session 3: Effective Legal Writing

Use the following articles to lead a discussion on effective legal writing:

1.  Pamela Samuelson, Good Legal Writing: of Orwell and Window Panes, 46 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 149 (1984). 

2. Eugene Volokh & J. Alexander Tanford, How to Write Good Legal Stuff (2009). 

3. Mark K. Osbeck, What is "Good Legal Writing" and Why Does it Matter? (2011). 

4. Danielle Pineres, Ten Tips for Transitions to Legal Writing (2011). 

5. Joseph Kimble, Tips for Better Writing in Law Reviews (and Other Journals), 30 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 197 (2013). 

Session 4: Basic Editing Tips

Host a Write-In

Basic Editing Tips Discussion

Session 5: The Art of Citation

Bluebook Survival Skills

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