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.
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 and an M.A. in Education from the University of Denver in 2003.
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.
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.