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

Articles & Reviews

On the Writing Process, Part II, Virginia Lawyer 62 (2020).
On the Writing Process, Part 1, Virginia Lawyer 62 (2020).
A Legal Writing Reading List, Virginia Lawyer 61-62 (2020).
Giving Effective Feedback, Virginia Lawyer 62-63 (2020).
Heads-Up Headings, Virginia Lawyer 62-63 (2020).
Four Steps to More Concise Writing, Virginia Lawyer 62-63 (2020).
Write Like a Spy: Using U.S. Intelligence Guidelines to Reinforce the Lessons of Predictive Legal Writing, 28 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 15-18 (2020).
Making a Great Second Impression: Overcoming a Rough Start in Law School Classes (with Emily Grant), 31 The Second Draft 22-26 (2018).
The Comparative Benefits of Standalone Email Assignments in the First-Year Legal Writing Curriculum, 22 Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute 151-187 (2018).
Style Secrets from America’s Litigator-in-Chief (reviewing Jack Meltzer, The Solicitor General’s Style Guide) 14 Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD 135-140 (2017).
Encourage Students to Eliminate the Brown M&Ms from Their Legal Writing, 25 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 18-23 (2016).
Are Communications with a Corporate Client's Former Employees Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege?, XLI The Advocate: Official Newsletter of the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section (2013).
Moving Beyond 'Gene Doping': Preparing for Genetic Modification in Sport, 15 Virginia Journal of Law & Technology 76-100 (2010).

Op-Eds, Blogs, Shorter Works

Tech Tools for Better Editing, Part I, Virginia Lawyer 62 (August, 2021).
Don't Be So Negative, Virginia Lawyer (February, 2021).


Overview of the 1L Curriculum at UVA Law