Scholarly Legal Writer
Professor Lindsey Gustafson is a great teacher. She teaches writing courses to beginning law students. There is an old courthouse bench in the hallway around the corner from her office that is usually occupied by students waiting to see Professor Gustafson. Those whoâ€™ve been in her office before are eager to return. Those who are coming for the first time are less sure they want to spend time talking about ways they can become better writers. But itâ€™s not long before they are also eagerly coming for their second, third, or fourth conference to talk about ways to improve their writing. It is not easy to teach any kind of writing, but it is particularly challenging to teach legal writing.
Professor Gustafson makes her students write. She makes them rewrite. She makes them talk about their writing. They write so that she can diagnose their strengths and weaknesses. Professor Gustafson celebrates their successes, but more importantly, she addresses their weaknesses, whether by designing an engaging group project for the classroom or by guiding those students waiting in the hallway with customized advice and guidance in order to become better writers.
Professor Gustafsonâ€™s degrees include a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.