"Because legal work is so complex in combining information and law, custom and change, technical language and plain English, legal writers must make intentional and systematic decisions."

Professor Ramsfield is the author of several legal writing textbooks and professional journal articles, including:

Text Books

Culture to Culture:  A Guide to US Legal
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Legal Writing:  Getting it Right & Getting it Written 6th edition
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Law as Architecture:  Building Legal Documents
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Mary B. Ray & Jill J. Ramsfield, Legal Writing: Getting It Right and Getting It Written (West 6th ed. 2018).


J. Christopher Rideout & Jill J. Ramsfield, Legal Writing: The View from Within, 61 Mercer L. Rev. 705 (2010).

Jill J. Ramsfield, Culture to Culture: A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing (Carolina Academic Press 2005).

Jill J. Ramsfield, The Law As Architecture: Building Legal Documents (West 2000).

J. Christopher Rideout & Jill J. Ramsfield, Legal Writing: A Revised View, 69 Wash. L. Rev. 35 (1994).

Jill J. Ramsfield, "From Darkness to Light: The First Flickers of the Legal Writing Institute Survey," Morning Session, 61 Mercer L. Rev. 771 (2010).

Jill J. Ramsfield, "Bridges In Legal Discourse: From Socrates To Social Constructivism," Knowledge & Discourse Conference Proceedings 2002.

Jill J. Ramsfield, "The When And Why In Writing About Writing," http://Jurist.Law.Pitt.Edu/Lawbooks (1998) (Reviewing Myra A. Harris, Legal Research: FUN-Damental Principles And Myra A. Harris Legal Writing: Principles Of Juriography (1997).

Jill J. Ramsfield, "Is Logic Culturally Based? A Contrastive, International Approach to the American Law"Classroom, 47 J. Legal Ed. 157 (1997).

Jill J. Ramsfield, "Legal Writing in the Twenty-First Centure: A Sharper Image,"  Legal Writing Institute 1" (1996).

Jill J. Ramsfield & J. Christopher Rideout, "Scholarship in Legal Writing," 1 Legal Writing Directors Conf. 87 (1996).

Jill J. Ramsfield, "Writing High Impact Briefs," 30 Trial Lawyer 54 (1994).

Jill J. Ramsfield, "Expect the Unexpected: Time Management for Lawyers," 29 Trial Lawyer 1, 18 (1993).

Jill J. Ramsfield, "Legal Writing In The Twenty-First Century: The First Images," 1 J. Legal Writing 1 (1991).


Journal Articles