Jacob Carpenter

Professor of Legal Writing
(414) 288-7486
Areas of Law:

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Professional Memberships: 
Illinois Bar, American Bar Association, Legal Writing Institute (LWI), Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD)
Other Courses Taught: 
Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 1; Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 2; Workshop: Contract Drafting; Workshop: Writing and Editing for Lawyers


Jacob Carpenter joined the Marquette School of Law faculty in 2012 after teaching full-time at DePaul University College of Law since 2006.  Prior to that, Professor Carpenter worked for several years at a private law firm in Illinois, practicing primarily in the firm's civil litigation group. Professor Carpenter teaches Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research courses at the law school.

Outside of the law school, Professor Carpenter presents at legal writing conferences across the country (including at the law schools of the University of Arizona, University of Colorado, Gonzaga University, John Marshall University, Marquette University, Chicago-Kent, and Indiana University). He has also taught Continuing Legal Education courses for the Illinois Attorney General's offices in Chicago and Springfield, IL, and for legal organizations in Milwaukee, WI.  Since 2012, he has co-taught a course, Writing Persuasive Briefs, twenty times for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles.  Professor Carpenter has chaired the Legal Writing Institute's New Member Outreach Committee and the Pro Bono Committee, and co-chaired the Legal Writing Institutes' 2022 Biennial Conference, held in Washington D.C.  He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Legal Writing Institute's Monograph Series.  He is also co-chairing the Association of American Law Schools' Section of Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research's Outreach Committee.  Back on campus, Professor Carpenter serves on the Marquette University Committee on Teaching, having chaired it twice.  At the law school he serves on the Admissions and Recruitment Committee, chairs the Judicial Committee, and serves on the advisory board for the Marquette Sports Law Review.  Further, Professor Carpenter has published four law review articles focusing on legal writing.  

Prior to practicing law, Professor Carpenter was a member of the law review and graduated with honors from Mercer University School of Law, in Macon, Georgia. At Mercer, he received the Woodruff Scholarship, the law school's top scholarship award. Prior to law school, Professor Carpenter graduated with honors as a Rector Scholar and a Science Research Fellow from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. While at DePauw, Carpenter was named an All-American in track.