Heidi K. Brown

Director of Legal Writing and Associate Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7519 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise

Legal Writing
Legal Research
Federal Civil Procedure
Civil Litigation
Trial and Appellate Advocacy
Law Student Public Speaking Anxiety
Introversion in the Legal Profession


B.A. University of Virginia
J.D. University of Virginia School of Law

Fundamentals of Law Practice 1: Objective Legal Analysis

In the first semester, students learn objective legal analysis as the foundation of the problem-solving and practical skills so important for graduates in today's rapidly changing legal environment. Classes are small, allowing for extensive written feedback and one-on-one conferences with professors. Classes are typically characterized by frequent experiential simulations and robust peer and self-evaluation, with discussions of professionalism and ethics. Students learn the principles of legal reasoning through four writing assignments, each requiring progressively more complicated factual and legal interpretation. Students also learn the most up-to-date, cost-effective legal research tools and strategies. By the end of the semester, students learn how to professionally and effectively present findings, in writing and orally, as they will as real-world lawyers.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Students graded on written and oral assignments.