Susan Wawrose

Director of Graduate Law Programs and Professor of Lawyering Skills
Full-Time Faculty
School of Law

  • Location: 420 Keller Hall
  • Phone: 937-229-2235
  • Email: Contact

Profile

Susan Wawrose is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Northeastern University School of Law. She joined Dayton Law as a faculty member in the Legal Profession Program in 1998, and has served as its acting director. In 2010, she was named director of Graduate Law Programs, which offer LL.M. and M.S.L. degrees in intellectual property and technology law.

After graduating from law school, Professor Wawrose was an associate in the Litigation Department of the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge, where she was a member of the firm’s environmental law group. From 1995–1998, she was a staff attorney at Ohio’s Twelfth District Court of Appeals and served as the law clerk for the Honorable James E. Walsh.

A former ESL teacher, Professor Wawrose has taught international students at various campuses of the City University of New York, including Hunter College, and abroad.

She has been a member of the Legal Writing Institute since 1998 and has served on the Conference Scholarship Committee (chair, 2004–06), the Committee on Cooperation Among Legal Writing, Pro Bono, Clinical and Externship Faculty and the Global Legal Skills/International Outreach Committee (co-chair, 2010–12). She has also been an assistant editor for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and is a former member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Ohio.

Courses Taught

LAW 6105 Legal Profession I
LAW 6106 Legal Profession II
LAW 6908 Introduction to U.S. Legal System and Legal Research for Graduate Students
LAW 6910 Transactional Drafting

Degrees

J.D., Northeastern University, 1990
M.A., Columbia University, 1984
B.A., Wellesley College, 1980

Selected Publications

What Do Legal Employers Want to See in New Graduates?: Using Focus Groups to Find Out, 39 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 505 (2013).

Academic and Cultural Support for International LL.M. Students: Four Suggestions to Help Students Succeed

Survey of Cooperation Among Clinical, Pro Bono, Externship and Legal Writing Faculty, 4 J. ALWD 56 (2007) (with S. Ricks)

Students’ Writing Background: Results from a Survey, 18 The Second Draft: Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute 6 (2003)

“Can We Go Home Now?” Expediting Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights Appeals in Ohio State Courts, 4 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 257 (2002)

Griswold v. Connecticut: Contraception and the Right of Privacy (Franklin-Watts 1996)

Recent Presentations

“Getting Started: Moving Beyond Your Good Intentions,” Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum, Drexel University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (June 2014)

“Critiquing the Writing of International LL.M. Students,” Global Legal Skills Conference IX, University of Verona Faculty of Law, Verona, Italy  (May 2014)

"Writing for Today’s Partners," Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA (December 2012)

"The View From a Boutique LL.M. Program," for the panel, Portrait of an LL.M. Administrator: Jack & Jill of All Trades?, LL.M. Administrators' Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 2012)

“Introducing Conditionally Admitted LL.M. Students to the Law School Environment,” Global Legal Skills Conference VII, San Jose, Costa Rica (March 2012)

“Shorter, More Frequent Assignments” for the panel, Epiphanies: Small Assignments to Foster Big Leaps in Learning, Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, Raleigh, North Carolina (December 2011)

Panelist, “Meeting the Needs and Expectations of International Students,” Global Legal Skills Conference VI, Chicago (May 2011)

Bench & Bar Outreach Project Presentations (with professors Sheila Miller and Victoria VanZandt)
“Listening to the Bar: Using Surveys and Focus Groups to Stay Current with Trends in Law Practice,” Second Annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference, New York (May 2011)

“A Different Kind of Group Work: Using Focus Groups to Learn From Legal Employers,” Eleventh Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Las Vegas (March 2011)

“Guidance from the Bench & Bar,” The Second Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory Through Teaching to Practice,” Pittsburgh (March 2011) (invited)

“Engaging in Primary Research: Using Surveys to Refine the Legal Writing Curriculum,” Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida (June 2010)