Friday, April 5, 2013

Writing Sample Guidance

As the end of the school year approaches, I have been inundated with recommendation letter requests and requests for advice on preparing writing samples. 

Depending on the purpose for which the writing sample will be used, an assignment from legal writing class may be the best or only piece of writing available to the student. The handout linked below has been floating around the legal writing program here at I.U. Maurer School of Law for some time, and I think it provides clear, concise guidance on turning a writing assignment into a writing sample for a potential employer. I really like the instructions on including a cover page for the writing sample "to give your reader context."

While acknowledgement of the original source is given on the handout, I couldn't find a complete citation to that source. If anyone has more information, please send it along, and please keep the "adapted from" acknowledgement on the handout if you use it. Thanks!

Writing Sample Guidance [PDF]

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