Jeremy Francis

Jeremy Francis
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Clinical Professor of Law, Writing Specialist
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 465A
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6910
francis@law.msu.edu

  • Biography

    Professor Jeremy Francis works to teach and to reinforce law students' technical legal writing and editing skills. He provides workshops, seminars, and one-on-one coaching sessions to first year students in Research, Writing & Advocacy courses and to upper-level students and organizations, including The Michigan State Law Review, The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, The Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, and the MSU Immigration Clinic.

    Professor Francis taught prospective English teachers through Michigan State University's Teacher Education and English departments before joining the MSU College of Law in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Critical Studies in the Teaching of English from MSU and an M.A. in Education from the University of Denver.

    Professor Francis has published three books with co-authors Anne Enquist and Laurel Currie Oates: Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer 5th ed.; The Legal Writing Handbook: Research, Analysis, and Writing 7th ed.; and Just Briefs: Preparing for Practice 4th ed. Professor Francis won the Legal Writing Institute's Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Contest Award in 2010 for his article "Finding Your Voice While Learning to Dance" and again in 2014 for his article "The Silent Scream: How Soon Can Students Let Us Know They Are Struggling?" The award is given every other year to the legal writing specialist who publishes the best article or essay on the topics of effectiveness, clarity, and writing style.

  • Degrees

    Ph.D. (Critical Studies in the Teaching of English) 2007, Michigan State University; M.A. (Education) 2003, University of Denver; B.A. (English) 2001, Colorado State University

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    Legal English I for Foreign Lawyers
    Legal English I is designed to provide practice for foreign lawyers in the fundamental skills of written legal English and common law analysis in the United States. Students in Legal English I will draft a variety of legal documents and participate in a variety of oral exercises and presentations.

    Legal English II for Foreign Lawyers
    Enrollment in this course is by invitation only from the legal writing program faculty. Participants are foreign lawyers whose English language skills, even after participation in Common Law Reasoning, remain a significant impediment to their ability to reason from legal texts in English or a significant impediment to assessment of their legal reasoning. Students will draft a variety of legal documents and participate in a variety of oral exercises and presentations. The course has four modules. The writing specialist will teach one class period per module, covering basic English skills, such as sentence structure. Students will write for, or give presentations in, almost every class. Students will attend a minimum of one required conference with the writing specialist and one required conference with the professor.