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Legal Method and Writing

Ranked No. 4 in the nation for legal writing

U.S. News and World Report

The Legal Method and Writing program is an integral part of the JD curriculum at ASU Law. Our program is designed to ensure practice-ready students who are well-equipped to succeed when they begin externships, summer jobs, clerkships, and legal careers.

The Legal Method and Writing program includes two required first-year courses that lay the foundation for success in future writing experiences, including journals and moot court competitions. Indeed, ASU students have won numerous national writing awards. In addition to the first-year curriculum, the program offers a diverse selection of elective courses that enrich the writing experiences for students in their second and third years.

U.S. News and World Report currently ranks the ASU Legal Method and Writing program No. 4 in the nation. Our full-time faculty have more than 200 years of combined teaching experiences and our small class sizes facilitate in-depth instruction and individualized feedback.


Collective years of teaching


Essays published


Books published


Law review articles published


Burton awards


Scribes awards


Elective course offerings

  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Advanced Legal Writing: ADR Drafting
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Creating Legal Change
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Litigation
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Persuasion
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiating
  • Indian Legal Research
  • Intensive Legal Research and Writing
  • Writing for Judicial Clerks
  • Writing for Law Practice

Events and workshops

Legal Method and Writing Expertise


Mary Bowman

Mary Bowman Clinical Professor of Law

Charles Calleros

Charles Calleros Professor and Alan A. Matheson Fellow in Law

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter Clinical Professor of Law

Susan Chesler

Susan Chesler Clinical Professor of Law

Ann Ching

Ann Ching Assoc Clinical Professor of Law

Alyssa Dragnich

Alyssa Dragnich Clinical Professor of Law

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Tamara Herrera

Tamara Herrera Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Kimberly Holst

Kimberly Holst Clinical Professor of Law

Amy Langenfeld

Amy Langenfeld Clinical Professor of Law

Sue McMahon

Sue McMahon Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Chad Noreuil

Chad Noreuil Clinical Professor of Law

Rachel Stabler

Rachel Stabler Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Judy Stinson

Judy Stinson Emerita