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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Amy Milligan

Title: Assistant Director of Legal Writing
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-3386

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: CV [pdf]
Amy Milligan


Amy Milligan is the Assistant Director of Legal Writing, coordinating the first-year legal writing program. She teaches Legal Research, Analysis & Writing I and II to first-year law students; she has also taught Advanced Legal Writing and Writing in Law Practice to second- and third-year law students. Milligan authored and maintains Word Fundamentals for Efficient Lawyers and Law Students, an online guide for lawyers and law students to increase their technical proficiency when crafting documents with Microsoft Word. Additionally, she serves as the Editor of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, and she is active in the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law section. Milligan is also a frequent lecturer for seminars focused on legal writing and legal citation. 

Prior to joining the faculty, Milligan practiced law in Columbia, South Carolina. Her practice focused on property-related matters. On the real property side, she counseled clients on real property rights, and she litigated real estate and premises liability matters. On the intellectual property side, she assisted creative professionals with protecting their copyrights and trademarks. Her practice areas also included corporate law and insurance defense.

Milligan received a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. She earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.


  • B.S., B.A., College of Charleston, 1999
  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, cum laude, 2002


  • Writing in Law Practice (LAWS 808)
  • Advanced Legal Writing (LAWS 540)
  • Research, Analysis & Writing I (LAWS 533)

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