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Jeremy Francis

Jeremy Francis
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Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Writing Skills Specialist
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 216H
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6910 Intercom: 130
francis@law.msu.edu

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

  • 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.

Professor Jeremy Francis works in tandem with MSU Law's Research, Writing & Analysis instructors to reinforce first-year students' grammar and punctuation skills and to teach students the conventions of legal style. His workshops, optional seminars, and one-on-one instruction sessions help prepare students to pass a required proficiency test by the end of their first year.

A former high school teacher, 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 in 2007.

Professor Francis won the Legal Writing Institute's 2010 Deborah Hecht Memorial Writing Contest Award for "Finding Your Voice While Learning to Dance," his article on helping law students develop their own sense of style in their legal writing. The award is given every other year to the legal writing specialist who publishes the best article or essay, based on effectiveness, clarity, and writing style.


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