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Legal Research and Writing

TanyaTanya Cramoy said she could not have succeeded at her summer internship without the benefit of her legal writing classes and Penn State Law Review experience.

“My first assignment at NOAA was to take a skeletal document, flesh it out, and give it a law review edit. That document was translated into two or three languages, and an alternative form was co-sponsored by Norway for submission to an international working group. It was a good feeling.”

Successful communication is essential to professional life, and Penn State Law students prepare to address the court, opposing parties, clients, and colleagues from the first semester of legal education. Students learn about effective writing and research from experienced litigators, writers, and teachers who use a problem-based approach to teach students the realities of legal practice. From year one through graduation, J.D. students get hands on practical writing experience; LL.M. students work on honing their legal English writing, reading, and speaking skills through both coursework and practice.