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Your success in the law profession depends crucially on your writing skills; therefore, I would like to introduce you to the services of the Writing Specialist. The Writing Specialist serves the entire law community at Roger Williams University with a particular emphasis on first-year students. Any law student may work with the Writing Specialist. Additionally, the Legal Methods Professors and the Academic Support Program Director refer students identified as at risk for writing difficulties. Understanding what the Writing Specialist does will enable you to get the most out of this service.
The Writing Specialist assists you in diagnosing areas that need improvement; assists you in improving overall organization, paragraph organization, topic sentence, and sentence structure skills; refreshes you about grammar; teaches strategies for successful writing as a process; but does not proofread entire documents or edit for errors. An active collaboration with the Writing Specialist, not a passive encounter, creates an independent and confident self-editor. Active collaboration includes coming to your session with your own list of questions and concerns about your document.
The Writing Specialist will ask you to assess your writing issues, assist you in diagnosing writing issues, and develop a plan for you to improve.
- I strongly encourage you to schedule appointments well in advance of due dates. For instance, projects for first-year students are all due around the same time. You may not be able to get an appointment if you try to schedule it too close to the due date.
- Visit my office, call my extension, or email me to schedule an appointment to meet.
- NOTE WELL: NO LESS THAN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO AN APPOINTMENT, please supply the Writing Specialist with a copy of any document on which you want to work.
- Be considerate to your fellow students and cancel any appointment that you do not intend on keeping so that someone else may use the time.
I look forward to working with you.