Judith A. Rosenbaum

Visiting Professor of Lawyering Skills

Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law


Legal Research, Legal Writing


Judith Rosenbaum's main interest is in the process by which legal learning takes place. This interest has drawn her to teaching legal writing, which allows her to participate in students' acquisition of legal analytical skills and in the development of their ability to communicate their analysis in writing. This interest has also led her to work with the Office of Student Affairs in an ongoing program aimed at assisting students in the skills needed to study for and to write traditional law school exams.

She is also extremely interested in using technology to assist students in their learning. Thus, she has helped to develop web based materials for legal writing and has been involved in adapting the legal research curriculum to keep pace changes in technology, both in computer-assisted legal research and in legal research on the World Wide Web. At Northwestern, Prof. Rosenbaum has served as associate director and director of the first-year required course (Communication and Legal Reasoning). In recent years, she has taught advanced legal writing, advanced legal research, introduction to the legal system to international students, and contract drafting. She also has taught torts and civil procedure to executive LL.M. students from Korea. 

Before becoming a member of the Northwestern University School of Law faculty, Prof. Rosenbaum briefly practiced corporate law. She then spent seven years as a staff attorney for the American Judicature Society, where she developed expertise in judicial ethics and in various aspects of the administration of justice. For a long time she was active on the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee and the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Gavel Awards. Ms. Rosenbaum has published books and articles on court administration and judicial ethics. She has often spoken at conferences and seminars on either judicial ethics or on her current areas of interest, teaching methods and the pedagogy of teaching legal writing.

Current Courses:

Lawyering Skills II

Prior Courses:

Lawyering Skills I
  • Putting the Puzzle Together: Choices to Make When Creating a Closed-Universe Memorandum Assignment in 17 perspectives: teaching legal research and writing 11-24 (2008).
  • Why I Don't Give a Research Exam in 11 perspectives: teaching legal research and writing 1-6 (Fall 2002).
  • Fostering Teamwork Through Cooperative and Collaborative Assignments in 15 the second draft 7 (June, 2001) (with Clifford Zimmerman).
  • CALR Training in a Networked Classroom in 8 perspectives: teaching legal research and writing 79-84 (2000).
  • Using Read-Aloud Protocols as a Method of Instruction in 7 perspectives: teaching legal research and writing 105-109 (1999).
  • Sept. 28, 2018:
    Speaker, “An Interactive Approach to Reviewing Homework Assignments: Teaching Students to Critique and to Be Critiqued,” Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, UCI Law, Irvine, CA