Earning a Master’s Certificate requires you to complete a self-paced but rigorous yearlong curriculum to build a portfolio demonstrating 12 benchmark achievements that reflect a wide range of vital legal-writing skills. You will have one year to build a portfolio that meets all 12 benchmarks with an A− or better performance. On each submission, you will receive an assessment of the work, plus edits or corrections by the LawProse staff. If you earn seven high passes in the 12 benchmarks, you’ll receive the Jackson Achievement Award as a mark of especially distinguished work. The award is named in honor of Justice Robert H. Jackson, perhaps the most admired stylist among U.S. Supreme Court justices.

To be considered for the Master’s Certificate program, you must be licensed to practice law (for at least two years), and you must submit two writing samples demonstrating proficiency in legal writing and a personal statement of why you seek the Master’s Certificate. There is a $500 nonrefundable fee for evaluating the application and, upon acceptance, a one-time tuition fee of $4,500.

For more detailed information about the program and application instructions, email Becky Moler at bmoler@lawprose.org.

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