Legal Research & Writing Faculty
J.D., UCLA School of Law
M.S., Keck Graduate Institute
B.A., Biology, B.S., Economics, University of California, Riverside
Before joining the legal writing faculty, Professor Wu taught legal writing at USC Gould School of Law, practiced as a litigator at large law firms in Los Angeles and at Lambda Legal, an LGBT civil rights non-profit, and worked in law school admissions. As an attorney, he worked on matters ranging from suing the state of Arizona on behalf of same-sex couples to defending scientists and their start-up lithium-ion battery company against allegations of trade secret misappropriation. As an admissions officer, he improved student diversity by collaborating with law student and alumni organizations to develop outreach programs for underrepresented minority students.
Professor Wu graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2009 with a specialization in public interest law and policy. He also has a Master of Applied Biosciences from the Keck Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside. He has previously served on the Law School Admissions Council’s Subcommittee on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process.
Scholarship & Publications
At the 2022 Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference on July 22 in Washington, D.C., Professors Kim Peterson, Andrew Turner, Desmund Wu, Alison Stites, Ashby Fox, and Andrew Norman presented "What happens when LRW faculty stop being polite and start getting real about legal writing conventions they don't agree with?"
Desmund Wu presented “Backward Design: Using Detailed Learning Outcomes to Guide and Automate Formative Feedback” at the Central States Legal Writing Conference at the University of Missouri Kansas City Law School on Oct. 23, 2021.