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The Writing and Learning Resources Center (WLRC)

"The WLRC's programs don’t just teach students how to be successful lawyers; they teach students how to lead fulfilling lives." -Kenley Eaglestone, Class of 2014

The nine full-time professors of the WLRC provide foundational instruction in legal research, writing and advocacy, plus other academic-enrichment, bar-preparation and wellness offerings. The center's mission is to help students understand, welcome and meet their challenges - especially the challenges of researching and writing. Students integrate legal theory with skills and values, develop a voice and learn to use that voice effectively as lawyers.

The center's two main programs are Research, Reasoning, Writing and Advocacy (RRWA) and Academic Success.

Research, Reasoning, Writing and Advocacy

RRWA introduces first-year students to professional communication in law. During two intensive semesters, students work in small class sections, developing key skills for legal practice: how to research, analyze, speak and - above all - write about the law and its effects on clients. Closely related to RRWA is an instructional mentoring program for outstanding upper-level students trained as Honors Writing Scholars.

Academic Success ProgramS

The Academic Success Programs focus on excellence. Serving students at all levels, the program offers courses, workshops, peer tutoring and individual consultations. Subjects include professionalism, study and test-taking skills, writing-sample development and oral presentations.

RRWA students

The center offers assistance to all students, starting before the first-year orientation and reaching beyond graduation. Through workshops, small groups, and individual meetings, the center helps guide students as they adjust to law study, bar requirements and professional life.

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