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Writing Faculty

Iowa Law is one of the few top-tier law schools with a full-time writing faculty.

Legal writing isnt just another form of expository prose, and it matters who teaches it. Thats why we’ve invested in a full-time writing faculty, instead of using Teaching Assistants or adjuncts, to help you develop this essential skill. Our students say that Iowas reputation for producing great legal writers makes a difference in the most competitive job markets.

Dawn Anderson

 

 

Dawn Barker Anderson
Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research
Biography

 

 

  • "Teaching is not just my job-- it is my passion.  In addition to eight years of teaching experience at Iowa Law, I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in higher education with an emphasis on teaching and curriculum."
  • "Legal writing requires a completely different way of thinking and expressing yourself.  And it’s the defining skill when the time comes to get that first job.  We will prepare you."

Liebig

 

Christopher Liebig
Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research
Biography

 

 

  • "Faculty members in the LAWR Program, all former practicing attorneys, bring their real world experiences to bear on their work in the classroom. In our course,  we work hard to simulate the mentoring relationship between a senior attorney and junior attorney in law practice."
  • "There’s no substitute for having someone closely read your work and react to it.  Our program emphasizes that kind of one-on-one feedback."

Lorie Schweer

 

Lorie Schweer
Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research
Biography

 

 

 

  •  “We keep class sizes small. This enables students to get to know each other well. It also allows us to get to know each student in order to provide the best possible instruction.”
  • “Honing good writing skills requires practice, practice, and more practice.  Your LAWR class will provide you with multiple opportunities to do just that.”

Caroline Sheerin

 

Caroline Sheerin
Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Research
Biography

 

 

  • “You need not be a strong writer when you walk into Iowa Law, but our job is to ensure that you are one when you walk out.”
  • “Analysis is the key to strong legal writing.  We will take you through the process—from research to editing—to provide you with the skills you need to succeed as a lawyer.”