Second- and third-year students who distinguish themselves as strong writers, thinkers, and mentors may be selected to serve as Writing Fellows. This experiential course provides students the opportunity to learn and cement key professional skills by helping to teach other students. The legal-writing faculty work closely with the fellows, providing training, mentoring, and ongoing education and support.
The legal-writing program offers four different writing-fellow opportunities:
Writing Center Fellows: Writing Center fellows help run the Arizona Law Writing Center, where students from all of Arizona Law’s programs—including students in the JD, BA, MLS, LLM, and Global Programs—can receive help with challenging writing issues. Writing Center Fellows provide one-on-one coaching for students seeking additional writing support and help design and deliver writing-enrichment and continuing-orientation workshops.
Senior Writing Fellows: Senior writing fellows work closely with different members of the legal writing team on various projects, including creating hypothetical problems, reviewing problems already created, creating sample answers, writing curricular materials, and other tasks. The word “Senior” is somewhat of a misnomer; this position is open to both second- and third-year students.
Student Editors for Journal of Appellate Practice and Process: Students with a keen attention to detail who enjoy reading the work of judges and other prominent authors have the unique opportunity to apply to be a Student Editor for this well-regarded, peer-reviewed Journal. Prof. Dysart is the Editor-in-Chief, and Student Editors work with members on the legal writing faculty as well as outside editors reviewing articles that are submitted to the journal. Student Editor names are listed on the masthead for the issues on which they work. Issues of the Journal and more information are available on the Journal’s website.
Classroom Writing Fellows: Classroom writing fellows work with professors and students in our first-year Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing courses as well as Introduction to Legal Skills and our LLM legal-writing class. Each classroom fellow works with a writing/research professor team, often in collaboration with other classroom writing fellows, to help mentor first-year students, provide feedback on student writing, create instructional materials and activities, conduct classroom presentations, facilitate classroom activities, hold office hours, and more!