Welcome to the Legal Writing Institute!

Teachers of legal writing are working in an exciting time. The importance of what we teach is being recognized more widely in practice and in academia; colleagues are creating a valuable body of scholarship in the field. Whether you are new to the discipline or a veteran, we want to introduce you to the Legal Writing Institute and to some of the resources available for members. Joining in easy, and membership is free.

The Legal Writing Institute is a non-profit corporation founded in 1984 to promote the exchange of information and ideas about legal writing. The Institute also provides a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis. The Institute promotes these activities through a biennial conference, a newsletter called The Second Draft, and a scholarly journal, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.

The Institute sponsors its national conference on legal writing every other summer. The next biennial conference will be held July 10 - 13, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon.  

The Institute has close to 2000 members, representing all of the ABA accredited law schools in the United States. The Institute also has members from Canada and Australia; from English departments; from independent research and consulting organizations; and from the practicing bar. Anyone who is interested in legal writing or the teaching of legal writing may join.

We would like to make the resources of the Legal Writing Institute available to you, and invite you to join the conversations and activities of LWI. If you would like to join the Legal Writing Institute, please send the following information to Jodi Wilson by e-mail at

  • Name
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Mailing Address
  • Preferred email for membership communications
  • Telephone number
  • Whether you would like to opt out of the Online Membership Directory
  • Whether you would like to subscribe to LRWPROF-L

Please be aware that this contact information is published in a directory and can be accessed by people (including non-LWI members) searching online.  Therefore, please do not submit any contact information that will cause privacy concerns when published. If you do not want your information published in the online directory, please indicate that you would like to opt out of the directory in your email.  For further information, please call (901) 678-5730.

For additional information on the LRWPROF-L listserv, the LWINET-L Listserv, and other listservs related to legal writing, visit the Listservs page.  If you have any questions, or simply would like to talk to a Legal Research and Writing professional at another school, please feel free to call any member of the Board of Directors or the New Member Outreach Committee.