Louis J. Sirico, Jr.

Professor of Law


  Professor Sirico has written and taught in several fields of law. He currently teaches Advanced Legal Writing, Property, Land Use Planning, and a legal history course on the drafting of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. His books include Persuasive Legal Writing for Lawyers and the Legal Profession (3d ed. 2011) (w/Schultz); and Legal Writing and other Lawyering Skills (5d ed. 2010)w/Schultz). Professor Sirico is the author of numerous articles on legal research and writing, property, and constitutional law.

Professor Sirico was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Criminal Law and an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. Before joining the faculty, he was an attorney with several public interest organizations, including the National Public Interest Research Group in Washington, D.C., Fairfield County (Connecticut) Legal Services and the Connecticut Citizens Action Group in Hartford. Professor Sirico is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and Connecticut Bar. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute, the Editorial Board of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, a quarterly journal published by The West Group, and the Editorial Board of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Legal Intelligencer (the Philadelphia region’s legal newspaper), the Advisory Board of the Villanova University Paralegal Program, and the Plain English Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on legal research and writing. He is the recipient of the Thomas A. Blackwell Award, the highest award bestowed by the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Practice Experience

  • National Public Interest Research Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Fairfield County Legal Services, Bridgeport, Connecticut  
  • Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Joined the faculty in 1984
Professor Louis J. Sirico, Jr.

Office: Rm 239, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7071
Fax: 610-519-6282


Courses and Seminars

  • Advance Legal Writing
  • Constitutional Convention/Bill of Rights
  • Land Use Planning
  • Property


University of Texas Law School, JD

Yale University, BA