E. Joan Blum received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Harvard University in
1975, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1978 she received her J.D. from
Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Law
Review. She was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1978, and in 1978-79 she was Law
Clerk to Justice Robert Braucher on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Between
1979 and 1984, she was an associate at Palmer & Dodge in Boston, where she practiced
primarily in the area of tax-exempt financing. She joined the faculty of Boston College
Law School in 1985, and currently is an Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research
& Writing. In addition to teaching in the first-year LRR&W course, Professor Blum
for several years taught an upper-level seminar in Legal Drafting and has consulted with
Boston law firms on legal writing issues. 



Massachusetts Legal Research (2010)

Massachusetts Legal Research is a concise guide to researching Massachusetts law and to the general...




What Legal Employers Want and Really Need (with Mary Ann Chirba, Elisabeth Keller, and Judith Tracey), The Second Draft (2011)
Do Not Edit When You Need to Revise (with Mary Ann Chirba, Elisabeth A. Keller, and Judith B. Tracy), Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2010)


Teaching in Practice: Legal Writing Faculty as Expert Writing Consultants to Law Firms (with Kathleen E. Vinson), Mercer Law Review (2009)

As experts in the pedagogy and substance of legal writing, full-time legal writing faculty who...



A Methodology for Mentoring Writing in Law Practice: Using Textual Clues to Provide Effective and Efficient Feedback (with Jane Kent Gionfriddo and Daniel Barnett), Quinnipiac Law Review (2009)

Becoming a successful legal writer is a process that begins in law school and continues...



Clarifying the Law on Post-Employment Covenants, New Jersey Law Journal (2004)

Selected Professional Activities

Using Legal Writing Teaching Methods to Train Judges and Prosecutors, Global Skills Conference, John Marshall Law School (2014)

This presentation addressed how the methods we use in the first-year legal writing course at...

Teaching Civil Law Judges Common Law Reasoning, Legal Education in the Twenty-First Century: An International Conference of Legal Educators, Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi and Atlanta John Marshall Law School (2014)
Introduction to Common Law Reasoning for Civil Law Judges, Visit of Turkish Judges and Prosecutors, Boston College Law School (2014)

Presentation to a group of judges and prosecutors from Turkey on a one-day visit to...

Judicial Training Programs in Bosnia and the Efficacy of Rule of Law Training, U.S. State Department (2013)

Presentation on personal experience conducting judicial training programs in Bosnia, including observations and recommendations on...

Introduction to Common Law Reasoning and Method, Insights into U.S. Law, Boston College Law School (2012)

A class conducted for visiting students from Renmin University in Beijing on common law reasoning...