Jill J. Ramsfield

Retired
  • Professor of Law
  • Director, Legal Research and Writing
  • Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Teaching

Degrees

  • BA Wellesley College
  • BS University of Wisconsin
  • JD University of Wisconsin

Awards

  • Visiting Lecturer, Meijo University Law School, Nagoya, Japan (August 2009).
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year (October 2007).
  • Students' Choice Award (April 2007).
     

Biography

Professor Ramsfield specializes in the study of legal discourse, both in the United States and abroad. By combining studies in linguistics, composition theory, and cognitive psychology, she has created a unique approach to teaching legal writing. She teaches continuing legal education courses nationally and internationally, helping lawyers to write better, faster. Her clients include law firms, government agencies, judges, and magistrates. Internationally, she has assisted South Africa's twenty-two law schools to create new four-year curricula that incorporated classes in legal discourse. She has also presented classes and workshops to many international lawyers and judges, including justices from Iceland, South Africa, and Slovenia; lawyers from Russia, France, Germany, Sweden, and Uganda; and legal educators from Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.

See Ramsfield Scholarship.

Publications

She is the author of Is Logic Culturally Based?  A Contrastive, International Approach to the U.S. Law Classroom, 47 J. Legal Ed. 157 (1997); The Law as Architecture:  Building Legal Documents (2000); Culture to Culture:  A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing (2005); and co-author with Mary Ray of Legal Writing:  Getting It Right and Getting It Written (5th ed. 2010).

Books

  • LEGAL WRITING: GETTING IT RIGHT AND GETTING IT WRITTEN (5th ed. 2010) (with Mary B. Ray).

Chapters & Articles

  • Legal Writing: The View From Within, 61 Mercer L. Rev. 705 (2010) (with J. Christopher Rideout).
  • Recomposing Legal Education: A Trip to the Conservatory (forthcoming).