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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Thomas R. Haggard

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Thomas R. Haggard


Before his retirement in 2002, Professor Haggard taught numerous courses in the areas of employment law, labor law, legal drafting, and legal writing. He authored over 35 books and articles on these topics and wrote The Scrivener column for The South Carolina Lawyer magazine for over a decade. These columns have been collected into a book, The Scrivener: A Primer on Legal Writing, the most recent edition of which he co-edited with Scott Moise.

Professor Haggard graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as Casenote Editor on the Texas Law Review. He practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and then served on the law faculty of Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, before joining the University of South Carolina faculty in 1975. His books include Understanding Employment Discrimination, Legal Drafting in a Nutshell, and The Lawyer's Book of Rules for Effective Legal Writing.


  • LL.B. (1964) University of Texas
  • B.A. (1967) University of Texas 

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