Jeremy Francis

Clinical Professor of Law, Writing Specialist

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 465A
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

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.

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Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.A. University of Denver
B.A. Colorado State University