Welcome to the Mitchell Hamline Research and Writing Center
The center is available to all students for one-on-one writing help with LARC, seminar classes and writing samples for potential employers. The goal of the Research and Writing Center is to help students strengthen their drafts in the same way that a team of lawyers in practice work together to turn a first draft into a strong final memo or brief.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Who will I meet with?
You will meet with either a legal writing assistant (LWA) or with the coordinator of the Writing Center. The Writing center has four LWAs who are second-year law students with exceptional writing skills and a desire to help first-years meet the challenges of LARC.
Liz Graupman, the coordinator of the Writing Center, is available to meet with LARC students as well as second and third-year students who have questions about a writing assignment in an upper division class (including the long paper) or about a writing sample for a potential employer.
Email: liz.graupman @mitchellhamline.edu
Who can use the Research and Writing Center?Any current law student.
How do I decide if I should get help from the Research and Writing Center, my professor, the library or Academic Excellence?
Type of support needed Action Help in your LARC class Contact one of your LARC professors directly. Your LARC professor will refer you to a RWC tutor depending on your specific needs. Research and citation support of any kind Live Chat with a Librarian (available Mon.-Thurs. 10-6; Fri. & Sat. 10-4 CST)
Set up a Zoom meeting: email@example.com
Explore other library resources: Warren E. Burger Library
Writing support on an assignment in any upper-division writing course (for example, Advocacy or a seminar) Contact Liz Graupman (firstname.lastname@example.org) Converting an assignment into a writing sample or reviewing a writing sample See The Legal Writing Sample (pdf) from Career and Professional Development and contact Liz Graupman (email@example.com) to set up a meeting. Help with general writing, revision, editing and project-management skills Contact Liz Graupman (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a meeting. Help with critical reading, case briefing, IRAC for final exams, multiple-choice test-taking, and course outlining. Contact Academic Excellence and fill out a tutor request form.
Should I schedule my appointment with an LWA or with the coordinator?
If you are a first-year student with a question about LARC, you can make an appointment with either an LWA or with the Coordinator, Liz Graupman. If you are a second- or third-year student, you should make an appointment with Liz.
What should I do to prepare for an appointment?
If you have a draft you would like to discuss, please email it as indicated in the email confirmation you receive when you make your appointment.
What will the writing assistants help me with?
Typically, the writing assistant will provide suggestions regarding organization and structure. If there is enough time, a writing assistant might provide suggestions for proofing and editing a more advanced draft.