One of the cornerstones of legal education at Mercer is its nationally recognized legal writing curriculum. From teaching in the classroom to meeting with students in writing conferences and writing groups, from coaching moot court teams to advising students on academic papers and law review, Mercer professors are dedicated to working with students. Their contributions to the professional legal writing community are focused on, but extend far beyond, Mercer students and alumni. Mercer’s professors produce thoughtful and innovative scholarship, and they are known for their service to the field of legal writing at the local, regional, and national level.
Students entering Mercer Law School are required to enroll in eight units of writing and research courses in their first three semesters, far more than at most law schools. The core legal research courses are taught by legal research faculty holding both law and library science degrees, and the essential legal writing courses are taught by tenured and tenure-track legal writing faculty. Mercer offers the nation's first certificate program in legal writing, the Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting and provides an extensive menu of upper division elective courses.
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Mercer's legal writing curriculum as among the best in the nation. Concrete evidence of the quality of the curriculum is provided by the successful track record of Mercer students and alumni. Mercer's Moot Court teams consistently win awards for their brief-writing and oral skills, and Mercer students excel in other writing arenas as well.
Mercer is the host school for the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). With nearly 2,100 members, LWI is the world's largest organization dedicated to the improvement of legal writing. The LWI’s selection of Mercer to serve as the administrative host for the Institute recognizes Mercer's consistent dedication to advancing the field of legal writing.