The Writing Center's purpose is to help students transition to the legal discourse community and support the Law Center's goal of developing strong legal writers across the curriculum.  Through interactive, individualized conferences, The Writing Center provides all members of the Georgetown Law community with feedback on the writing process and on written work.  Among its goals, the Center addresses the following concerns of Georgetown writers.

  • Making the transition from another field of expertise, such as engineering or history, to legal discourse.
  • Approaching scholarly writing as a specific genre with defined scope, purpose, audience, substance, and technical concerns.
  • Using legal substance to organize effectively.
  • Improving legal writing by understanding it as a specific process performed under time pressure in both practical and academic legal settings.
  • Connecting substance to syntax.
  • Mastering English grammar.
  • Paying proper attention to legal citation form and footnotes in text.