NIU Law Legal Writing Program: The Legal Writing and Advocacy Course is a core course in the first and second-year curriculum at NIU Law. The four-credit, two-semester course is structured to help first and second-year law students acquire and refine the basic legal writing and analysis skills fundamental to the successful completion of law school and to the competent practice of law. As a secondary goal, students in Legal Writing and Advocacy may also be introduced to other skills and topics important to the practice of law, including oral communication of legal issues, interviewing and counseling, professional responsibility, and motion practice. In addition to, and in conjunction with the Legal Writing Program, NIU Law assists law students in achieving their greatest potential through the Academic Success Program (ASP). There are numerous components to ASP throughout the course of the students’ academic career at NIU Law that the Legal Writing/ASP Instructors are responsible for delivering. As part of ASP, all 1L students participate in the Introduction to Legal Methods course. The latter half of the course, during the second seven weeks of the first semester, is taught by the Legal Writing/ASP Instructors and introduces students to analytical writing. Further, as part of ASP, select incoming 1L students are required to participate in a Jump Start Orientation program the week prior to the 1L Orientation. These students are instructed in basic analytical and rule development skills during a week of writing-intensive course work taught and implemented by the ASP Instructors.
The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors, together with the Director of Legal Writing and the Director of Academic Success, are responsible for the delivery of the legal writing and academic success programs at NIU Law. The Legal Writing/ASP Instructors report to both directors. This is a ten-month position within the University.