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Legal Writing Tips and Resources

Hamline's legal writing staff extend their experise outside the classsroom by publishing articles about legal writing for practicing attorneys. If you're looking for tips on improving your legal writing after the first year of law school, check out these articles:

Ten Ways to Spruce Up Your Legal Writing  by Mary Dunnewold. (Originally published in The Hennepin Lawyer, membership publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Volume 74, Issue 3, May/June 2005, Page 18).

Please the Court -  How to Write a Judicial Bench Memo by Mary Dunnewold
In making decisions, judges often rely on bench memos from their clerks. Get up to speed on applying your writing and analytical skills to the judicial setting. (Originally published in Student Lawyer, a publication of the American Bar Association, May 2005, Page 22).

A Challenge to the Reign of the Bluebook? by Mary Dunnewold. (Originally published in The Hennepin Lawyer, membership publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Volume 71, Issue 11, November 2002, Page 12).

Choosing a Legal Writing Desk Reference by Mary Dunnewold (Originally published in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, a publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, October 2005, Page 24).

Writer's Corner: Use and Argue the Case Law by Kenneth R. Swift. (Originally published in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, a publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, March 2004).

The Writer's Corner: Making Policy Arguments by Kenneth R. Swift.    (Originally published in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, a publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, March 2004).

The Writier's Corner: Making Policy Arguments III by Kenneth R. Swift. (Originally published in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, a publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, February 2006).

The Writer's Corner: Presenting Case Law Effectively by Kenneth R. Swift. (Originally published in Bench & Bar of Minnesota, a publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, October 2003).