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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Jennifer Brendel

Title/s:  Clinical Professor, Director of Legal Writing Program

Office #:  Suite 1030

Phone: 312.915.7869

Email: jbrende@luc.edu


Jennifer Brendel joined Loyola in 1995 as a Writing Center Specialist. From 1999-2014, Professor Brendel served as Director of Academic Support Programs and from 2014 to the present, she has served as the Director of the Legal Writing Program. In this capacity, Professor Brendel develops the curriculum for all sections of the three-semester required writing course sequence and supports nearly 90 adjunct faculty and student tutors every year. During her career, Professor Brendel has served on a wide range of School of Law and University committees. In addition, she has served on committees for national legal writing organizations and presented at regional and national conferences. In directing the Legal Writing Program, Professor Brendel focuses on preparing students with foundational skills to begin the bridge to practice. Professor Brendel received a BA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


BA, Illinois, 1991
JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1994

Program Areas

Legal Writing

Selected Publications

Guided Study Groups, The Learning Curve (newsletter of AALS Section on Academic Support) (January 2011)

Enhance Your Enhancement Program: Using Academic Tutors, The Learning Curve (newsletter of AALS Section on Academic Support) (Fall 2004)

Tools for Teaching the Rewriting Process, 12 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 123 (2004) [article]

Building a Strong First-Year Foundation in a Three-Semester Curriculum, Second Draft (Legal Writing Institute) (July 2003) (with Alice Perlin)

Recent Presentations

"Incorporating Peer Learning in an Academic Support Program," Midwest Academic Support Conference, John Marshall Law School, September 2011

"Of Rubrics and Margin Notes: Assessing Students Over Time (A Roundtable Discussion of Uses and Expectations)," Legal Writing Institute Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, Tucson, March 2010

"Selecting, Training and Supervising Student Tutors," Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Indianapolis, July 2008

"Uniformity in Commenting and Evaluating Among Legal Writing Professors in a First-Year Writing Program," Legal Writing Institute Regional Conference, Kansas City, October 2007

"Seeing the Forest...An Introductory Memo-Writing Exercise," Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Indianapolis, September 2005

"Hiring and Training Teachers and Student Assistants for an Effective Adjunct Program," Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, Seattle, July 2004