Ann Sinsheimer

Professor of Legal Writing


Ann Sinsheimer teaches legal writing. In addition to her interest in writing, her research interests include international legal education and the study of law and language. She also co-teaches a course at the law school entitled "U.S. Law and Language," a summer intensive program for international lawyers, and has had the opportunity to teach this course overseas in places such as Ethiopia, Serbia, Belgium, and Iceland.

She has extensive experience as a teacher and consultant of legal and technical writing, and of English as a Second Language and has served as a lecturer and consultant at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Michigan's English Language Institute. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, she worked at the University of Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in the United Kingdom.

Key/Recent Publications


Personalized Education Award from the Office of the Provost, University of Pittsburgh: 2019-2020.  (Project: Persistence, Performance, and Law School: Implementing Interventions to Encourage Growth Mindset, Maximize Education, and Ensure Practice-Ready Professionals.)

Innovation in Teaching Grant from University Pittsburgh School of Law to develop Environmental Law and Practice course: 2009-2012.


Sinsheimer, A., Brostoff, T., Burkoff, N., Legal Writing: A Contemporary Approach (2014); second edition (2018).

Brostoff, T., Sinsheimer, A., Legal English: An Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States (3d ed. 2013).


Sinsheimer, A., Culture Box, The Second Draft, Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute (Spring 2019).

Sinsheimer, A. and D. Herring, Lawyers at Work: A Study of the Reading, Writing, and Communication Practices of Legal Professionals, 21 Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (2016).

Sinsheimer, A., The meaning of “international student’ post-9/11: A rhetorical analysis of how organizational change altered perceptions of international students in the United States, UMI ProQuest (2012).

Programs & Courses