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Sturm College of Law


Assessment, Legal writing programs, Student evaluations


At many schools, directing a legal writing program today is quite different than it was even 10 years ago. As LRW faculties mature and the individual faculty members grow in the profession, the need for a “top-down” director is lessening or going away in many programs. However, in many schools there remains a valuable leader/coach sort of role for a director, whether that person rotates, coordinates, or however it works in practice that is best for the school. This new sort of director is ideally someone who is able to encourage and support a culture of programmatic excellence and is willing to ask questions about how the program is doing as a whole—understanding, of course, that a culture of excellence and examination is created and given life by the faculty members in the program, not by the director.

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This article originally appeared in Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, published by Thomson Reuters. For more information please visit