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Legal Methods & Writing Practice

Integrating Theory and Practice Across the Curriculum

The Kline School of Law is nationally ranked for Legal Writing

At Kline, law students begin to master legal methods and legal writing skills at orientation – before their classes even begin. Our faculty work closely with students, providing individualized attention. They graduate with the skills that will make them effective in the courtroom, the boardroom or any other venue.

Our curriculum gives students opportunities to gain experience in legal research, analysis, writing and oral advocacy in class, in co-op placements, in clinics and in pro bono projects that expose them to legal practice throughout Philadelphia and beyond.

  • During orientation, students critically read and interpret cases and statutes, conduct research in print and electronic media and place themselves in the lawyer's role by analyzing hypothetical problems.
  • The intensive first-year curriculum prepares students for future co-op placements and clinics, where they will work in a variety of legal practice settings.
  • At the end of the first year, students argue briefs before practicing attorneys in real Philadelphia courtrooms.
  • Legal Methods faculty  and co-op faculty work together so that course materials remain lively and relevant to today's practice. Seminars that are part of the Co-op program reinforce these skills.
  • Students can hone their skills even further through upper-level courses that involve substantial research and writing components.

Professor Terry Jean Seligmann

Terry Jean Seligmann

Terry Jean Seligmann, Emerita Professor of Law, has expertise in special education law and is a nationally known teacher of legal research and writing. Professor Seligmann joined the law school as a member of its inaugural faculty in the position of Director of its nationally ranked Legal Writing program. Before coming to the law school, Professor Seligmann directed the Legal Writing and Research program at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she was also a professor of law. She previously taught at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Seligmann has served on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, and has played a leadership role in organizing conferences and roundtables to advance legal research and writing programs. She is a former president of the Legal Writing Institute.  


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