Membership is open to every Legal Writing Professional. This term is defined as "a current professional teacher of legal writing at a Qualifying Law School." In turn, a Qualifying Law School is defined as follows:

“Qualifying Law School” 
(A)  is accredited by the American Bar Association, 
(B)  has applied for provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association (regardless of the outcome),  (C)  is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, 
(D)  has a fee-paid relationship with the Association of American Law Schools, 
(E)  is accredited by a state accrediting authority,
(F)  is a Canadian school recognized by the Law Society of the province in which it is located, and thus by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, or 
(G)  has been granted “Foreign Affiliated Status” by the Association of American Law Schools.

Each Qualified Law School is also entitled to have two Delegates – members who can vote in elections and serve as officers/directors – each academic year. If a school has a legal writing director, that director is entitled to select the school’s two delegates each academic year. At directorless schools, the writing faculty collectively selects the school’s two delegates for that academic year, yet all of them can continue to be members.

If you have any questions about the details of membership, please download the Bylaws. Article IV addresses membership. If you still have questions, please contact us.


The annual membership dues of the Association of Legal Writing Directors are $50 per member. You must be paid in full in order to vote in ALWD elections.

You must complete the membership application for your school online.

You must pay $50 for each member.  A confirmation email with your membership information will be sent to you.

Here is ALWD's W-9 in case your school requires it.

Additional Resources

If you are trying to find a legal writing professor who is not included in this directory, we suggest searching the following Internet sites, which link to many law school websites or contain email links for individual law professors.

To access the online registration form, click HERE