Writing Specialist & Resources


About the Writing Specialist: 

Steven M. Schultz joined Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in 2011 as the Writing Specialist after a ten-year career as a paralegal. Most recently, Mr. Schultz worked at Passman & Kaplan, P.C., a plaintiff-side employee rights law firm in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Schultz completed his Master’s Degree in English at Villanova University, where his studies focused on gender, sexuality, and law and literature. At the law school, Mr. Schultz oversees the writing diagnostic exercise, conducts workshops, and meets with students to provide individual feedback on a variety of written work.


Working with the Writing Specialist:

The Writing Specialist offers students an opportunity to work on their writing skills in one-on-one conferences and small workshops. Students can meet with the Writing Specialist for help with basic writing skills and the conventions of legal writing. The Writing Specialist will reinforce concepts taught by the legal writing faculty but does not address techniques for legal research, analysis, or citation. During a typical appointment, students will review their writing with the Writing Specialist and identify strategies for assessing and improving its effectiveness. Meetings with the Writing Specialist generally last from 45 minutes to an hour.  Students are encouraged to make appointments but are welcome to stop by during office hours.


In addition to conferences, the Writing Specialist offers several workshops throughout the semester.  Six workshops review topics from the writing diagnostic exercise: parallels and passive voice; word choice and standard usage; commas; colons and semicolons; quotes, apostrophes, and items in a series; and agreement.  These workshops generally meet on Fridays.  Students who cannot attend for any reason should contact the Writing Specialist to go over the material at another time.




Writing Workshops

See a full list of this semester's writing workshops

Writing Competitions

A comprehensive list of law-related writing competitions



Purdue OWL:  


UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center: 


Dave’s ESL Café:


International Writing Centers Association Resources for Writers:


University of Wisconsin Writing Center Writer’s Handbook:    


Plain English in Legal Writing:



The Citation Project: