Legal Writing Upgrade: Sharpen Your Pen with These Writing Insights & Articles

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Legal Writing: It’s the Cornerstone of Your Legal Success


Legal writing is how you get the job done. If you’re a poor legal writer, it’s difficult to get anything done, especially when you’re facing an expert legal writer. And if you’re an expert legal writer, you don’t rest on your laurels. You’re always striving to sharpen your writing skills.  

To help sharpen your legal writing, here’s a list of 16 legal writing insights.

5 Legal Cliches That Could Land You in Hot Water

Every dog has its day, but not every cliche has a place in your next filing. Legal writing can be so cliche-ridden that we decided to go the extra mile and bring you another installment of expressions that are as clear as mud.

How to Think Like a Judge and Be a Better Legal Writer

To write persuasively and win court cases, lawyers need to learn to think like judges, and while getting inside a judge’s head isn't always easy, here are three tips for accomplishing it.

Superior Legal Writing’s Damn Hardest Discipline …. Walking Away

Long ago, I wrote legal briefs for a solo practitioner. My typical process: vomit the law on paper, shuttle it to my boss, scribble down his edits.

Summer associates identify writing and legal research skills required on the job

Greater emphasis is being placed on practical skills in legal education as schools acknowledge that it is crucial for law students to develop strong research and writing skills to succeed in practice.

Bad Legal Writing Cut Down To Size In Age Of Short Attention Spans

For as long as lawyers have existed, their writing has been a subject of scorn. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham described lawyers’ writing as “excrementitious matter.”

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Improve Analogies for Better Legal Briefs

Analogies are a critical writing device in legal briefs, given the reliance of the U.S. legal system on precedent, but most attorneys aren’t using them to their full potential, according to a paper posted online on Friday on improving the use of analogies in legal arguments.

Top 5 Productive Legal Writing Tools [Infographic]

While the “pen may be mightier than the sword,” putting “pen to paper” is oftentimes the most daunting task.

Art of the Analogy: 4-Minute Lesson Featuring Baseball & the Late Justice Scalia

The power of analogies lies in comparing two things for the purpose of persuasion.

The 10 Law Firms Influencing The Supreme Court's Writing

The 10 law firms that file the largest number of briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court are more likely than firms that file fewer briefs to influence the final language used in high court opinions, according to a new study.

The Legal Blog Strategy That Everyone’s Afraid to Preach: Write Less!

“Write less” … terrible advice for a writer, right?

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Supreme Court Writing Lessons: Infographic

“Words are the building blocks of the law. If we aren’t fastidious with language it dilutes the effectiveness and clarity of the law.”

A Good Blog: An Effective Platform for an Attorney/Law Firm

While the universe of potential blog posts—both good and bad—is infinite, following a handful of basic rules can help authors avoid the black holes that make blogging counterproductive.

Storytelling for Lawyers: 3 Ways to Create Engaging Legal Writing

What do Christmas, legal writing and nonfiction have in common?  More than you think!

Using Emotional Language in Brief Writing

During legal research writing for international LL.M. student, I discuss the role of logos, pathos, and ethos as modes of persuasion for brief writing.

Are You Lukewarm to Legal Blogging? If So, Let This Catalyst Thunder through Your Head

The first legal blog I ever wrote -  a real piece of junk! At over 2000 words, it illustrates everything I loathe about bad blogging.

Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing

Grammar can be a difficult practice for some people, but if you are good at it, your writing will sound (and look) a lot better.

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