Joe Fore

  • Professor of Law, General Faculty
  • Co-Director, Legal Research and Writing Program

Joe Fore has been a co-director of the Law School’s Legal Research and Writing Program since 2014. In addition to teaching research and writing courses, Fore works extensively with the Law School’s moot court programs. In 2018, he received the BLSA Service Award for his role in coaching BLSA’s extramural moot court teams. 

Fore is also an active member of the national legal writing community, and he publishes and presents regularly on topics relating to legal communication and legal skills pedagogy. He authors a regular column devoted to legal writing in Virginia Lawyer magazine, the official publication of the Virginia State Bar. Fore received the Legal Writing Institute’s inaugural Emerging Scholar Award for his 2019 article on lawyers’ use of probabilistic language when rendering legal advice. He has been editor-in-chief of a journal devoted to teaching legal skills, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Writing Institute.

Before joining the Law School faculty, Fore was an attorney with BakerHostetler, practicing both trial-level and appellate litigation in Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Florida. He also served as an adjunct professor at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, teaching a seminar course in advanced oral advocacy skills.

Fore received his J.D. from the Law School, where he was a notes editor for the Virginia Law Review and a semifinalist in the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    Duke University

“Write Like a Spy: Using U.S. Intelligence Guidelines to Reinforce the Lessons of Predictive Legal Writing,” 28 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing (forthcoming 2020).

"‘A Court Would Probably Find…’: Defining Probability Expressions in Predictive Legal Analysis," 16 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JAWLD 49 (2019).
SSRN | Online Article

“Making a Great Second Impression: Overcoming a Rough Start in Law School Classes” (with Emily Grant), The Second Draft (Spring 2018).
Online Article

“The Comparative Benefits of Standalone Email Assignments in the First-Year Legal Writing Curriculum,” 22 Legal Writing 151 (2018).
Online Article | HeinOnline (PDF)

“Book Review: Style Secrets from America’s Litigator-in-Chief,” 14 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JAWLD 135 (2017).
Article | HeinOnline (PDF)

“Encourage Students to Eliminate the Brown M&Ms from Their Legal Writing,” 25 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 18 (2016).

“Are Communications with a Corporate Client’s Former Employees Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege?,” The Advocate (Official Newsletter of the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section), Vol. XLI, No. 4 (Spring 2013).

“Moving Beyond ‘Gene Doping’: Preparing for Genetic Modification in Sport,” 15 Va. J. L. & Tech. 76 (2010).

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