ALWD is a non-profit professional association of directors of legal reasoning, research, writing, analysis, and advocacy programs from law schools throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. ALWD has more than 200 members representing more than 150 law schools.
Are you a legal writing director at a law school? You are eligible for membership. Former legal writing directors are eligible unless they are presently teaching for and supervised by another legal writing director. Learn more >
The ALWD Citation Manual is a consistent, flexible, and relatively easy to understand and use professional system of citation for legal materials. Resources are available on our website, and you can purchase a copy at Amazon.com.
Documents filed by ALWD in connection with the ABA's Standards Review Process. Downloadable PDF files are found here.
The 2012-2013 Blackwell Award Committee invites nominations for one of the most prestigious awards in legal writing, the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing. The winner will be announced in early fall 2012, and the award will be presented at the 2013 AALS meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. A plaque, listing the winners, is on display at Appalachian Law School. Learn more >
Bernadette Gargano from SUNY at Buffalo Law School for her project entitled Legal Advocacy in Context: Pretrial and Appellate Litigation; and
Grace Hum from the University of San Francisco for her project entitled Transactional Skills.
The Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted applications. There were many quality submissions, so our decision was not an easy one.
We are looking forward to working with Professor Gargano and Professor Hum, and to reviewing additional applications in 2013.
The Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) will once again award grants to law schools to fund visits by legal writing scholars under a program that will recognize the Legal Communication & Rhetoric Visiting Scholars. ALWD will provide grants of up to $2,500 to each of three law schools annually. Learn More >
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The Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute announced today that Suzanne Rowe, Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the University of Oregon, received the 2012 Thomas F. Blackwell Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the legal writing field. Learn More >
The Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and LexisNexis are pleased to announce the Legal Writing Scholarship Grants for teachers of legal research and writing for 2012. These grants reflect the three organizations' commitment to the professional development of legal research and writing professionals. Learn More >