Legal Writing Clinic
The Sturm College of Law Legal Writing Clinic provides writing advice and assistance to current Denver Law students. Resources include support for Lawyering Process and other law school course assignments, writing tips and workshops, and proficiency testing.
|Writing Specialist||Professor of the Practice of Law Kate Stoker|
|Office Hours||By appointment on Calendly: https://calendly.com/kate-stoker|
Assistance on LP or Other Assignments
Professor Stoker meets with students individually to help them with Lawyering Process writing assignments or writing assignments for other classes (with the professor’s prior permission). Individual meetings include assistance with issues such as organization, analysis, and legal style, as well as grammar, punctuation, usage, and citations. Students may visit the Writing Specialist at any stage in the writing process.
While the Writing Specialist offers specific advice and suggestions, her role is to help students improve their own writing and self-editing skills, not to edit or proofread papers for them.
Diagnostic and Proficiency Testing
The Writing Clinic administers a diagnostic and proficiency testing process that some Lawyering Process classes have implemented to help assure that students are proficient in formal grammar, punctuation, and usage. Professor Stoker helps these students identify specific areas for improvement through workshops and individualized study and otherwise assists them in preparing for the final proficiency test.
The Writing Clinic emails weekly Writing Tips to all first year students. These brief tips address common writing problems in student papers, including some of the topics that are covered on the proficiency test. The tips are also posted on the Legal Writing Clinic Canvas course.
Commas and Other Punctuation
- Getting to Know Your Commas (PDF)
- Getting to Know Your Commas: Rules & Practice Exercises (PDF)
- Other Punctuation: Colons, Semicolons, Apostrophes, Quotes (PDF)
- Other Punctuation: Semicolons, Colons, and Apostrophes - Rules & Practice Exercises (PDF)
Grammar and Usage
Students may also seek assistance with writing samples for the job search. Students who would like assistance with writing samples for OCI or other job opportunities should provide their writing samples to Professor Stoker at least two business days before a scheduled appointment.