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 is 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. LWI also provides a forum for research and scholarship about legal writing and legal analysis.  LWI 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.

LWI 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.  

LWI has close to 2000 members, representing all of the ABA accredited law schools in the United States. LWI 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.

LWI offers many resources for those interested in legal writing, including LRWPROF-L, which is a closed listserv for professional teachers of legal writing.  For additional information about the resources available to you, please click here and peruse the Member Resources menu.

We would like to make the resources of LWI available to you, and we invite you to join the conversations and activities of LWI today.  Click here to join LWI and subscribe to LRWPROF-L.  If you are already a member of LWI and need to update your membership information or subscribe to LRWPROF-L, please click here.  

If you have questions about joining LWI or subscribing to LRWPROF-L, please contact us at  If you have questions about LWI or simply would like to talk to a Legal Research and Writing Professional at another school, please fee free to contact any member of the Board of Directors or the New Member Outreach Committee.