Celebrate with us!

Please join the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute in celebrating the winner of the 2022 Blackwell Award, Craig Smith, on Fri., Jan.21 at 7 pm EST. 

2022 Biennial Conference

The theme for the 2022 Biennial Conference is "Punctuated Equilibrium." This theme acknowledges the evolutionary theory that change occurs rapidly and that the Pandemic has pushed us, as educational leaders, into such a period of rapid change. 


2020 Phelps Award Winners

The Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute is delighted to announce that Susan Chesler and Karen Sneddon are the 2020 recipients of the Teresa Godwin Phelps Award for Scholarship in Legal Communication.

The Selection Committee recommended Professors Chesler and Sneddon for their article titled, From Clause A to Clause Z: Narrative Transportation and the Transactional Reader, 71 S. C. L. Rev. 247 (2019-2020).

Nominations for LWI Board of Directors

The Legal Writing Institute is beginning its 2022 election process to fill six “director-at-large” positions on the Institute’s Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted through 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 4, 2022.

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About Us

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication. We believe that effective legal communication is critical to the wellbeing of society, the judicial system, and the legal profession.


Each year, ALWD and LWI jointly sponsor a national survey of legal writing programs. The survey collects data on program design, curriculum, salary, workload, and status issues. Almost all law schools in the U.S. participate in these surveys.

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