Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Program is #1 in the nation, its highest ranking ever, tied with another top program. LRW is the law school’s first program to earn a #1 national ranking from US News and World Report. The new ranking marks the 14th consecutive year that Oregon Law has been in the top 10 nationally for legal writing.
Dean Marcilynn Burke praised her LRW colleagues for their leadership in the field. “Oregon’s LRW Program ranking reflects our faculty’s strong engagement with the national legal writing community, their significant scholarly contributions, and their unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and student success,” she said.
Rebekah Hanley is on the board of directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), Liz Frost is editor-in-chief elect of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, and Suzanne Rowe is on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Legal Writing Reasoning and Research. Joan Rocklin is an author of two textbooks used nationwide, A Lawyer Writes and An Advocate Persuades. Latisha Nixon-Jones, a two-year visitor moving to a tenure-track position at another top school, is an emerging scholar in Disaster Law. Megan McAlpin, a former ALWD president, is currently serving as inaugural director of the school’s Academic Excellence Program. Program Manager Barbi McLain helped create and serves as managing editor of Proceedings, an online journal and conference program repository featuring presentations by LRW faculty across the nation.
Oregon Law’s LRW program continues its long tradition – begun in 1978 – of preparing law students for legal practice.