Thomas Holm is the founder of Thomas Holm Legal Consulting LLC. An expert on legal writing and clinical teaching methods, Mr. Holm has worked with attorneys at various stages in their legal careers to improve their writing and advocacy skills. He offers intensive legal writing workshops to law firm attorneys and in-house counsel regarding foundational and advanced writing techniques. Mr. Holm also works with attorneys who seek personal instruction to improve their written analysis, including detailed critiques of their actual work product.
And Mr. Holm helps beginning law students succeed on exams and prepare for their careers, providing individual tutoring regarding legal writing, academic success, and exam-taking skills. He also teaches doctrinal courses and exam-taking skills for bar exam preparation courses.
Mr. Holm previously served for nearly two decades as director and instructor for the UCLA School of Law’s Lawyering Skills Clinical Program. In Lawyering Skills, Mr. Holm taught first-year law students practice-oriented legal analysis, legal research, legal writing, and other clinical skills. He also taught the Writing Advisor Seminar, an advanced legal writing and editing course associated with the Lawyering Skills Program.
Mr. Holm received the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching honor at UCLA School of Law. He authored A Journey of Faith, Love, and Teaching, an expanded essay version of his Rutter Award speech published by the UCLA Law Review Discourse. Mr. Holm also received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award—a University-wide honor—in just his fourth year of teaching.
He is also a co-author of Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success, a concise and down-to-earth academic success guide that identifies and illustrates the relationship between the case method approach to teaching and the process of legal argument to help students develop the analytical skills and learning strategies necessary to excel on law school exams.
Mr. Holm attended the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Holm served as Notes and Comments editor for the University of Minnesota Law Review, was elected to The Order of the Coif, and received the ABA’s Edward J. Devitt Scholarship for excellence in trial advocacy. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as an attorney at the firm of Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm.
Mr. Holm serves as a volunteer attorney for the L.A. County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project, helping victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abusers. He also volunteers at his alma mater, Carleton College, teaching and mentoring students in Carleton’s pre-law program.