Suffolk University Law School’s legal writing program was ranked 7th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “2015 America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The program has been ranked in the top 20 nationally for six years running.

Legal Practice Skills is a required first-year course that helps students hone their writing, analysis, research and oral advocacy skills.

“Writing clearly and persuasively makes you a better lawyer and a more successful advocate for your client,” said Law Professor Kathleen Vinson, who is the director of the legal writing program. “We are pleased that U.S. News and our peers recognize that our graduates are entering the workplace as some of the best legal writers in the country.”

Highlights of the Law School’s legal writing program:

  • Faculty are leaders in national legal writing organizations, including Vinson, who was elected the 2013-14 president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors
  • The comprehensive curriculum includes fundamentals critical for success in the legal profession as well as written and oral assignments to train students to apply the skills in a practice setting and receive individual feedback
  • Innovative teaching methods, including blogs; Twitter feeds; a mobile app – iWrite Legal–which was named a “Top 15 Mobile Travel App” by Daily Business Review; podcasts; YouTube videos; and interactive response clickers.

“This is great acknowledgement of the depth and breadth of Suffolk Law’s skills programs that combine traditional legal training with in-depth preparation for practice in the real world,” said Law School Dean Camille A. Nelson.